The Texas Rangers exercised a $3.3 million contract option on Nolan Ryan for the 1991 season in what general manager Tom Grieve called "just a formality."

Ryan, 43, was 13-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 30 starts in 1990. He led the American League with 232 strikeouts and held opponents to a major league-low .188 batting average. He pitched his record sixth no-hitter against Oakland on June 7 and became the 20th pitcher to reach 300 victories with a victory July 31 in Milwaukee.