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BASEBALL Notes

October 23, 1990

Strawberry wants deal like the one Canseco got

New York Mets outfielder Darryl Strawberry, who became a free agent yesterday for the first time in his eight-year career, immediately announced he wants a contract like the one Jose Canseco signed with the Oakland Athletics.

That deal calls for $23.5 million for five years, beginning next season. Strawberry just concluded a contract he signed in March 1985, after he had played in the major leagues two years. The six-year deal brought him $7.4 million.

The Mets could have re-signed, or at least tried to re-sign, Strawberry at any time until now. They also are the only club that can sign him until Nov. 5. The Mets, however, made no attempt to talk with Strawberry's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, until yesterday when Al Harazin, the team's senior vice president in charge of such negotiations, called the agent.

* REDS: Outfielder Eric Davis, injured in the final game of the World Series, suffered a tear in his kidney that resulted in a significant loss of blood. Davis was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of Merritt Hospital in Oakland, said Dr. Robert Smith, who examined Davis. No surgery will be required.

All tests have shown the kidney to be functioning properly. Smith said Davis will remain in bed for the next few days. He will require prolonged bed rest and limited activity for several weeks.

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