A word about the new owner and money
A source told me late Tuesday night that this entire process of negotiating for 30 days and then tying up loose ends could last through spring training. A deal should be able to get done before Opening Day, but don't expect to see the Chuck Greenberg-Nolan Ryan group take over right after the 30-day exclusive negotiating window is closed.
How does that impact the budget? Well, it means the Rangers probably won't have any additional funds to spend (over what is currently in their budget) before the 2010 season begins. But that doesn't mean general manager Jon Daniels won't have some wiggle room when the trade deadline approaches at the end of July. That's when the ownership group could give him some money to spend.
A few more notes: