VIERA, Fla. -- Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who created a minor stir last week when he said while speaking at an analytical conference that the Texas Rangers were spending in the international market like "drunken sailors," said Thursday he sent a direct apology to Rangers team president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels.
"I reached out to Jon and to Nolan because it was taken out of context," Luhnow said. "I don't know what they heard, but I did reach out to them and explained that it was not a dig against that organization, because they've done a great job there."
The Rangers opened their wallets for pitcher Yu Darvish earlier this year, signing him to a six-year, $60 million deal, and they have signed Dominican teenager Jairo Beras, though the deal is being reviewed by Major League Baseball.
Luhnow spoke last week at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which was co-chaired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. The conference provided a forum for industry professionals (executives and leading researchers) and students to discuss the increasing role of analytics in the sports industry.