Yankee Ace Cone Still Deciding
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 Wednesday. ``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.