Presently, the left side of the New York Yankees infield consists of two giant question marks.
At third base, there's some uncertainty as to whether veteran slugger Alex Rodriguez will be back in 2013 after his bat went missing in the postseason. Even if he is back in New York next season, the Yankees have no idea what to expect out of A-Rod at his age.
The Yankees have long since grown accustomed to penciling Derek Jeter's name in at shortstop, but he'll be spending his offseason rehabbing a broken ankle. Complicating matters is the reality that Jeter, too, is getting long in the tooth.
Now more than ever before, the Yankees need to make shoring up the left side of their infield one of their top priorities for the winter. They need to find at least one more able body for the left side, preferably one that can fill in at both short and third.
Between the free-agent and the trade markets, there will be options out there for Brian Cashman if he makes a point of improving the left side of the club's infield this winter. Here's a look at 10 names that should be on his radar.
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