Yankees News and Notes: Sealing the Deal

Brett Gardner avoided arbitration and snagged a new $2.8 million deal.

Jesus Montero has resolved his visa issues and is finally on his way to Seattle, where he will take a physical to consummate the trade that sent him to the Mariners in exchange for Michael Pineda. According to Montero's agent, the former Yankee is happy about his new team and just wants to play baseball.

Will the Yankees end up regretting the Montero trade? That's been at the forefront of many Yankees' fans thoughts, but historically, the team has had a good track record when it comes to not trading future stars. For a list of the best homegrown hitters and pitchers traded away by the Yankees, click on each respective link.

The Yankees and Brett Gardner split the difference in their arbitration filings and settled on a one-year deal that will pay the speedy outfielder $2.8 million in 2012. Gardner's signing leaves Russell Martin and Boone Logan as the only two arbitration eligible Yankees who have not yet agreed on a contract.

Alex Rodriguez is progressing nicely in his pre-season workouts and is excited to play third base. However, the three-time MVP is also looking forward to an occasional start at DH as part of what he called "a revolving door" at the position. However, IIATMS doesn’t think that’s such a good idea.

The Yankees are believed to be one of many teams interested in Gerardo Concepcion, an 18-year old Cuban lefty who was recently declared a free agent. For more information on Concepcion, check out TYA’s profile of the left hander.

While attending a fundraiser for Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, C.C. Sabathia discussed some weighty issues regarding his conditioning.

Jorge Posada is expected to finally make his retirement official during a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Who is backing up Derek Jeter at short stop in the Yankees’ organization? LoHud takes a look at the team’s depth at the position by examining the projected starter at each level of the minors.

Bobby Valentine may not have been impressed by the Yankees’ recent acquisition, but the new Red Sox manager is drawing inspiration from the Bronx Bombers’ makeshift pitching staff in 2011.

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