Hall of Fame Hurler New Executive Advisor to Astros 2/11/14
Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan has rejoined the Houston Astros as the team's executive advisor.
Ryan worked as a special assistant to the general manager in Houston from 2004 until he became president of the Texas Rangers in 2008. He added CEO to his title with the Rangers in 2011 and remained in that position until he stepped down in October.
Ryan will serve as an advisor to owner Jim Crane, general manager Jeff Luhnow and his son and president of business operations Reid Ryan.
Also in the majors:
— Pitcher Roy Oswalt is retiring after going 163-102 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 major league seasons. Oswalt was a 20-game winner with the Astros in 2004 and spent his first nine-plus seasons in Houston before playing for Philadelphia, Texas and Colorado.
— Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander says he threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Monday, one month after undergoing muscle repair surgery. Verlander spoke with reporters Tuesday and said he didn't have any pain in his groin and hip, which bothered him last season.
— A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians and outfielder Michael Brantley have agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract. Brantley hit .284 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs in 151 games last season.
— Reliever Brandon Lyon has accepted the Los Angeles Angels' minor league contract offer and their invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander had a 4.98 ERA in 37 appearances with the New York Mets last year before signing with Boston, where he made four appearances out of their Triple-A bullpen before opting out of his contract.
— Masahiro Tanaka was introduced by the New York Yankees after chartering a Boeing 787 at a cost of about $200,000. The plane seats about 200, but Tanaka's traveling party only included five passengers and his poodle. The 25-year-old right-hander agreed Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
— The Atlanta Braves plan to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's record 715th home run in a pregame ceremony before their home opener against the Mets on April 8. The team has also announced that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season.
— Radio host and former Cardinals player Jack Clark has retracted comments he made implying that Albert Pujols used performance enhancing drugs. Pujols sued Clark for defamation after Clark said on his show in August that Pujols used banned performance-enhancing drug. Pujols says he's accepted Clark's retraction and apology and would resolve the lawsuit.