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Winter Meetings Quickly Grow Cold

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There was plenty of talk, but little activity over the last four days at the winter meetings in Nashville. Now that the doors are closed, USA TODAY Sports looks back at the five things we learned (in no particular order):

1. The New York Yankees are cheap: General manager Brian Cashman returned to the Bronx with nothing to show for his efforts, save for a gimpy third baseman with $114 million left on his contract. Baseball's wealthiest team seemed more focused on getting their payroll below the $189 million luxury tax threshold in 2014 rather than filling the void created by Alex Rodriguez's impending hip surgery. So that takes them out of almost any multiyear commitment for a Rodriguez fill-in.

The Yankees reportedly targeted third basemen ...

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