Dal Maxvill, former shortstop and coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, said yesterday he is excited about becoming the team's general manager.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said at a news conference following the announcement of his appointment by August A. Busch Jr., chairman of the board and president of the team. "I've done just about everything else in the game from playing to managing duties and the general manager's job will be a challenge."

Joe McDonald resigned the job in January.

Maxvill played with the Cardinals from 1962-1972 and was a coach for them in 1979 and 1980. He also coached for the New York Mets . . .

The city of Cincinnati is dropping its $1.3 million lawsuit against the Cincinnati Reds over revenue lost during the 1981 players strike.

Mayor Charles Luken said the decision to drop the lawsuit was based in part on negotiations over a stadium club the city still is bound to build, plus an agreement in which the city would collect 10 percent of the Reds' cable television revenue within a radius of 100 miles . . .

The Baltimore Orioles continued spring training in Miami with one notable addition -- outfielder Fred Lynn.

Lynn, who was signed as a free agent, arrived three days ahead of schedule.

"I decided to come a few days early to get to know the coaches and the system," he said. "There's going to be an adjustment. There always is."