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BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : DODGERS : They Might Take Blue Jays' Leftovers

April 16, 1993|MARYANN HUDSON

The Dodgers have an interest in Ken Dayley, a left-handed relief pitcher who was released by the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday and put on waivers.

If Dayley is unclaimed by Tuesday, the Dodgers can negotiate with him at market value. If the Dodgers claim him, they would inherit his 1993 salary of $1.9 million and a club option for 1994.

The Dodgers tried to sign Dayley in 1990, but Dayley chose the Blue Jays. That was a break for the Dodgers, because Dayley ended up pitching only 4 1/3 innings over the two-year period because of vertigo and elbow problems.

It was doubtful that the Blue Jays were going to carry Dayley this season, but he had a good spring and pitched well until the last couple of outings, when he struggled with control. Fred Claire, Dodger executive vice president, said he will take a look at Dayley if he becomes a free agent. But Claire is taking a look at any left-handed reliever who is available and might even look to Omar Daal, a 21-year-old in the Dodger farm system.

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From the moment reliever Steve Wilson walked out on the field he noticed the new red Coca-Cola signs over the scoreboard that have replaced the orange Union 76 signs, which had stood for more than 30 years. "It looks different, doesn't it?" Wilson said. The Dodgers have signed an agreement with Coca Cola that gives them the exclusive rights to the signs. Other changes at the stadium include automatic teller machines on the club and top-deck levels.

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