Every year it seems like Brian Cashman brings in some vet reliever to be run into the ground doing setup work. Last year it was the Viz. His performance was so good, that his free-agent demands probably outpaced his value. So he’s gone, and the Yanks have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a 1-year deal at $3.75 million. A lot of scratch for a guy who might not be any better than any of the 35 other options from within the organization. Call it an insurance policy. In other news, Andy Phillips, who had been DFA’ed, declared free agency. Good luck to him finding a home. Bronson Sardinha also DFA’ed, to make room on the 40-man.