ARLINGTON - Big changes could be in store for the Texas Rangers.

Sources tell The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Nolan Ryan could leave the Texas Rangers by the end of spring training.

On Friday, the ownership announced that GM Jon Daniels was promoted to president of baseball operations.

Ryan's title with the team remains CEO, but sources said Daniels now has final say over all baseball decisions.

"My definition of CEO is it s the person in charge," said co-owner Bob Simpson to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Randy Galloway. "Nolan Ryan will still make the anything-of-significance decisions and bring those to the owners for approval. I say significant decisions because we wanted to remove some of the day-to-day stuff from Nolan."

The move could be another PR nightmare for the ball club. After losing Josh Hamilton and Michael Young in the offseason, losing Ryan, who many have considered the face of the organization, could leave fans upset and jaded.

In a recent interview with Channel 8's Dale Hansen, Ryan made no mention of the changes.

The Rangers have denied that Ryan is leaving.

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