On why he chose the Rangers:

I think it's pretty obvious what this club has been able to do the last couple of years, so the question probably was, why me for these guys? So once the interest was there on their part, we knew we were interested in coming here. I was just excited when we got the chance to sit down and talk with Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan and Thad Levine and Don Welke. And when we finally found out that they had interest in us, our focus definitely turned on trying to get something done here and work something out so we could be a Ranger for 2012.

On how this deal was so well hidden:

I think that just speaks for how my agents, Dave Pepe and Billy Martin, and the Rangers work. And that's something we definitely took pride in, was keeping this on the hush and allowing this process to take its course and continue talks and try to keep things out of the paper. And just keep it between people whose business we needed to keep it between until the time was right to let everybody else know.