Nolan Ryan says he believes even though the Texas Rangers are without slugger Josh Hamilton, the club will still be a contender in the American League West.

Ryan feels the edition of A. J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman will help the Rangers overcome the loss of Hamilton.

Hamilton signed a $125 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and raised the ire of Rangers' fans by saying Dallas really wasn't a baseball town.