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Matt Purke and Nolan Ryan

Earlier this morning, I was listening to Houston Chronicle columnist Richard Justice on the radio...he was praising the job Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels have done in turning around the Rangers, both on the baseball side and on the business side...

Anyway, he was discussing Houston high schooler Matt Purke, who was drafted by the Rangers...he was talking about how Purke had scared a lot of teams off with his bonus demands.  Justice said that he thought that Purke's bonus demands were a ploy to get him to drop -- not to the Yankees, like many people thought, but to the Rangers.  He said Purke grew up a Rangers fan and really wanted to pitch for Nolan Ryan, and thus Justice thinks the price Purke wants to sign with the Rangers is a lot less than the price to sign with any other team.