Nolan Ryan had a productive visit with Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Tuesday, leaving Minute Maid Park with a commitment to decide before spring training whether to rejoin the club.
Missing from the annual Texas Rangers winter awards banquet Friday night and from the annual Fan Fest a day later, though with a permission slip from general manager Jon Daniels, was right-hander Yu Darvish.
Peyton Manning holds a league-record four league MVP awards and surely will add his fifth Saturday night. He has earned 13 Pro Bowl selections. He set NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards.