ARLINGTON -- Jon Daniels has a clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Rangers at the end of the year if the ballclub is sold to somebody else besides a group headed by Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg, but the general manager said on Friday that he does not expect that he will need to exercise it.
"It's a non-story," Daniels said. "The focus needs to be on the field and all the good things that are going in the organization. I love it here and I want to win here."
Daniels has been more focused on trying to acquire pitcher Cliff Lee from the Mariners, but those efforts apparently are not going to pay off. All indications are the Yankees are close to acquiring Lee, and a deal could be imminent.
Daniels declined to comment on that situation, but club sources said the Rangers were willing to make a "substantial" offer to the Mariners for Lee.
The Rangers go into Friday's game vs. the Orioles with a 5 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. Daniels said the focus should be on the field and what the team has been doing, but that has been far from the case.
The sale of the club to Greenberg's group, which includes club president Nolan Ryan, continues in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Worth, Texas, and it appears that it will ultimately be decided by an auction.
The parameters of the bidding process have yet to be worked out, but this could allow others, including a group headed by Houston businessman Jim Crane, to ultimately purchase the team from current owner Tom Hicks. Major League Baseball is still expected to have final approval on the new owners.
Greenberg's group agreed to buy the Rangers in January for $575 million, a price that includes land around the Ballpark in Arlington.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.