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Baseball notes: Nolan Ryan has productive talk about Astros’ job

Nolan Ryan had a productive visit with Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday, leaving Minute Maid Park with a commitment to decide before spring training whether to rejoin the club, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The newspaper said Ryan’s potential duties with the Astros aren’t completely set, but it’s clear the Hall of Famer and former Rangers CEO is intrigued by the opportunity to work with his eldest son Reid, who serves as the team’s president of business operations.

“I think it would be exciting to work with [Reid] in the Astros organization,” Ryan said. “The Astros have always had a special place in our hearts. Reid grew up around the Astros organization.”


• Lance Berkman, 37, who played 73 games for the Rangers in 2013, has decided to retire after a 15-year career in which he hit .293.

• The Rangers continued to stockpile left-handed relievers, acquiring former Oakland pitcher Pedro Figueroa, 28, on a waiver claim from Tampa Bay. He had a 4.10 ERA in 59 1/3 innings at Triple A Sacramento last year.

– Jeff Wilson