Knee surgery Friday for Yankees' Sabathia

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will undergo arthroscopic surgery at a New York hospital Friday to correct a small meniscus tear in his right knee.

Sabathia is scheduled to begin his regular routine in preparation for spring training three to six weeks after the surgery.

In the meantime, manager Joe Girardi reportedly has begun to talk with the Yankees about the parameters of a new three-year contract for between $9 million and $10 million.

And the Yankees declined to pick up the options of Lance Berkman ($15 million), Kerry Wood ($11 million) and Nick Johnson ($5.5 million with a $250,000 club buyout).

•Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco will have elbow surgery Friday to have bone fragments removed and an extensor tendon repaired. … Sandy Alderson will be the next general manager of the Mets, a source confirmed to An announcement could come Friday. … The Blue Jays exercised their $1.2 million option for catcher Jose Molina, keeping with the team through next season.

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