N.Y. STATE YANKEES:

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said that if George Steinbrenner must sell the Yankees, he wants the state to buy the team. Steinbrenner declined the offer but suggested that Cuomo, a former minor league player, apply for the often-vacant job as Yankees manager.

STRAWBERRY SHAKE:

Mets General Manager Frank Cashen said yesterday the club would "not give away the store" to keep right fielder Darryl Strawberry.

Strawberry is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and was quoted in yesterday's editions of the New York Daily News as saying he would consider playing for the New York Yankees.

Negotiations between Strawberry and the Mets broke down last week when the club offered $9.1 million for three years. Strawberry wants a five-year deal for at least $23 million and considered the Mets' offer insulting.

MOVES:

The Royals put OF Bo Jackson on the 15-day DL yesterday, recalled C Bob Boone and scheduled arthroscopic surgery for P Bret Saberhagen for Monday to remove a small bone fragment from his right elbow. Jackson suffered some minor tissue damage to his left shoulder while diving for a ball. Boone had been sidelined since May 17 with a broken and dislocated right index finger. . . . The Giants placed catcher Gary Carter on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9 because of a bruised right shoulder and optioned Rick Parker to Class AAA Phoenix. Coming up are catcher Kirt Manwaring (.234, 1 HR, 10 RBI) and outfielder Mark Leonard (.345, 16, 70). . . . The Rangers activated third baseman Steve Buechele from the 15-day DL yesterday. The club optioned third baseman Scott Coolbaugh to Oklahoma City.