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Yankee Ace Cone Still Deciding

November 11, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ New York Yankees pitcher David Cone wasn’t sure whether he would get a new deal before Wednesday night’s deadline for him to exercise a $5.5 million option.

Cone, who has previously agreed to two postponements, has been talking with the Yankees about a contract extension that would guaranteed him more than the option.

``We’re talking,″ the pitcher’s agent, Steve Fehr, said Tuesday. ``Either we will or we won’t, the way I look at it. I don’t want to characterize it other than that.″

Cone, who will be 36 next season, was 20-7 with a 3.55 ERA this season, winning 20 games for the first time since 1988.

New York also has a Wednesday midnight EST deadline to exercise Darryl Strawberry’s $2.5 million option or pay a $100,000 buyout. The team wants the outfielder-designated hitter back but isn’t likely to exercise the option.

Strawberry, undergoing chemotherapy following surgery last month to remove a cancerous colon tumor, probably will agree to a minor league contract during the offseason, then be put back on the 40-man roster when he’s ready to play.

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