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Cashman addresses the state of the Yankees

Pete Abraham has some news from Brian Cashman regarding several issues.

The 2008 coaching staff is now official:

Bench:  Rob Thomson

Pitching:  Dave Eiland

Hitting:  Kevin Long

First Base:  Tony Pena

Third Base:  Bobby Meacham

Bullpen:  Mike Harkey

More tidbits:

  • Robinson Cano will likely remain at second base, but could move to third base if there is a need.
  • Joba Chamberlain will be in the rotation unless Mo does not return.
  • Hideki Matsui will have surgery on his right knee but will be ready for Spring Training.
  • Bobby Abreu's option is due tomorrow and he needs to speak to the Steinbrenners one more time before a final decision is made.  Very likely it will be picked up.
  • A-Rod is not coming back.  They lost the subsidy from Texas and they reached out to him and he blew them off.  That door is now closed.
  • The team is prepared to go forward at first base with Shelley Duncan, Andy Phillips, and Jason Giambi.