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Six items on Brian Cashman's shopping list

10/10/2014
David Manning/USA TODAY Sports

Brian Cashman has been re-signed. In his first move under his new three-year contract, he let go hitting coach Kevin Long and first-base coach Mick Kelleher. So what else is on Cashman's plate for the winter?

1. Derek Jeter's replacement: The Yankees need to find a shortstop to replace Jeter. No one will be Jeter, the legend, but most will be better than Jeter, the 40-year-old.

Stephen Drew may be the favorite. The Yankees could be buying low for a guy who career-wise is in the same category as J.J. Hardy, who just re-signed for three years and $40 million with the Orioles.

2. D-Rob (or no D-Rob?): Cashman has to decide how much David Robertson is worth. The Yankees will discuss offering Robertson the qualifying offer, which would be $15.3 million -- a deal Robertson might take. If he doesn't, and were to leave, the Yankees would receive a first-round pick.

In that case, Dellin Betances becomes the closer.

3. Robinson Cano's replacement: A year after Cano left for free agency and Seattle, the Yankees clearly don't have a replacement. Martin Prado could be the second baseman next year, but he may be needed to fill in for Alex Rodriguez at third.

Cashman brought up the idea of minor leaguers Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela competing for the second-base spot. So the Yankees could have a second-base competition going this spring. If one of the young guys wins the job, then Prado becomes an $11 million utility weapon, filling in all over the place, sort of like Tony Phillips back in the day.

4. A-Rod contingencies: Cashman said he plans to have options at third because Alex Rodriguez is such a question mark after missing a year for a PED suspension and with a couple of hip surgeries under his belt. Chase Headley is an option, but he is only 30 and wants to play every day.

Maybe the Yankees can offer him big money to play first, third and outfield, offering protection in a number of places, but it is clear Cashman hopes to avoid the situation he had last year when he didn't have a real backup for Mark Teixeira.

The same dilemma is staring Cashman in the face this winter with A-Rod.

Of course, A-Rod may serve as somewhat of a backup first baseman; Joe Girardi talked to A-Rod the other day about working there.

5. A starter: Cashman must decide if the Yankees should re-sign Brandon McCarthy or go big-game hunting for Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields.

The Yankees' starting staff will have question marks with Masahiro Tanaka (elbow), Michael Pineda (history), CC Sabathia (knee) and Ivan Nova (elbow).

6. A new hitting coach: Long took the fall for the Yankees' lack of hitting. Now, Cashman will have to find someone who can figure out how to beat the shift, which really has hampered guys like Brian McCann and Teixeira. Cashman called Long "exceptional," but it seems that the shifts may have been his major undoing.