Nolan Ryan says Texas can contend

Updated: February 22, 2013, 6:24 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Despite the loss of slugger Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan believes his club will contend for the American League West crown.

Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million deal this offseason with the division-rival Los Angeles Angels and recently stirred the passions of Rangers fans by saying the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn't really a baseball town.

"You just don't replace a talent like that, and we all know that," Ryan said Friday ...

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