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New York Yankees News Roundup: CC Sabathia, Brian Cashman, Freddy Garcia And More

It's been a newsworthy couple of days in Yankees Universe, what with left-handed starter CC Sabathia's extension and general manager Brian Cashman signing on for another three years calling the player personnel shots.

There was some smaller news, too, and we didn't want it to fall through the cracks. Follow us across the jump to catch up on the latest happenings in the Bronx and beyond.

  • ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand has a summary of the big talking points from Cashman's press conference Tuesday. Perhaps most important to how the Yankees do business the next few months was Cashman's statement that he doesn't think the team needs another big bat and that he will instead be focusing on improving the bullpen and starting rotation.
  • At the bottom of this CC Sabathia story from the New York Post, there's news that the Yankees are interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to Garcia's agent, Peter Greenberg. Garcia, 35, gave the Yankees 146 2/3 solid innings this past season and will be a Type B free agent, meaning the Yankees would get draft compensation if they offer him arbitration and he chooses to walk.
  • The Yankees released pitcher Andrew Brackman on Tuesday, four years after he was drafted in the first round out of North Carolina State University and received a $3.35 million bonus. Brackman made his Major League debut this past September and allowed one hit and three walks in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
  • The Daily News' John Harper weighs in with his thoughts on the Sabathia deal and scores the five-year, $122 million deal as a win for both parties. If anything, Harper seems to think Sabathia gave the Yankees a bit of break by not entering the open market and making them pay up. Our Yankees blog, Pinstripe Avenue, also thinks the Yanks did well in re-signing Sabathia.
  • Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam for a team of MLB barnstormers against a team of Taiwanese all-stars in Taiwan. has the story, along with some fun video of players discussing their travels abroad.