Nolan Ryan, 44, and the Texas Rangers agreed yesterday to two option years that would pay the majors' all-time strikeout leader $4.2 million in 1992 and $3.9 million in 1993.
The deal, announced during a news conference at Arlington Stadium, gives Texas until eight days after each season to exercise the options. Ryan is making $3.3 million this season, his 25th in the major leagues, and would rank sixth on the payroll list next year.
The contract also includes a 10-year personal services contract between Ryan and the Rangers that will begin when his retirement does.
* REDS: Reliever Rob Dibble withdrew his appeal of a three-game suspension and fine for throwing at Eric Yelding of the Houston Astros on April 11. Dibble will begin serving the suspension today when the Reds play at Pittsburgh. He will be eligible to rejoin the team Tuesday at Chicago.
* BREWERS: Saying he wants to preserve major-league baseball in Wisconsin, Gov. Tommy G. Thompson signed a bill providing a $35 million state loan to the club to build a baseball stadium.
The Brewers hope to build a $140 million stadium at a site next to the existing stadium.