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GM meetings: Loose ends

INDIAN WELLS, CA. -- As expected, the Yankees made no major moves at the GM meetings over the past two days, and general manager Brian Cashman will be flying home early Friday with essentially the same team, and the same challenges to improving it, that he had when he left New York on Tuesday.

Among the subjects Cashman touched on in this afternoon's interview after the final round of meetings:

-- Acknowledged he met with Hiroki Kuroda's agent, Steve Hilliard. What did they discuss? "I couldn't say. And I wouldn't say.''

-- Tino Martinez, reportedly hired by the Miami Marlins as their hitting coach: "I’ve granted permission for him to interview with two clubs, that’s maybe all I’ll say right now. I don’t want to move ahead of anybody else. Tino’s a great guy, he was a tremendous player, obviously he knows hitting, and I think he’s got a tremendous amount to offer."

-- Addressed the perception that the Yankees can't improve if they continue to cut payroll: "We've been doing it all along. That's been well thought out and planned for a reason. Didn't we get better this year? 95 wins. Won the American League East. Went farther in the playoffs. Got older, probably. We played in the old sandbox. We improved ourselves, improved flexibility, kept financial costs in check. Lined ourselves up for the long term going that route in certain areas, and we're better."