SIGNED: By Houston, righthanded Pitcher NOLAN RYAN, 32, to a contract reportedly worth $4.5 million over four years, which would make him the highest-paid free agent in baseball history. Ryan, who has a 13-year career record of 167-159 and a 3.16 ERA, won 16 and lost 14 while leading the A.L. with 223 strikeouts last season for California. He holds the major league record for most strikeouts in a season (383) and most 300-strikeout seasons (five) and shares the record with Sandy Koufax for the most no-hitters (four).
As a free agent by San Diego, righthanded Pitcher RICK WISE, 34, who won 15 of 25 decisions last season for Cleveland and had a 3.72 ERA, to a five-year contract estimated to be worth $2 million.
As a free agent by California, righthander BRUCE KISON, 29, who had a 13-7 record and a 3.19 ERA with Pittsburgh last season. Kison received a five-year contract for a reported $2 million.