Who's Next on Brian Cashman's Christmas List?

Scott BarbineCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2008

The New York Yankees got their wish, CC Sabathia.  The hefty pitcher brought along a hefty price as well, signing with the Yanks for seven years with a contract worth $160 million.

Yankee fans are notoriously impatient and are already looking to see what Yankee GM Brian Cashman will do next. 

There are talks that they may not be done pursuing pitching.  The Yankees have been linked to Sabathia's former teammate, Ben Sheets, along with A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe.  Andy Pettitte is also a free agent, and New York would love to have him back. However, there has been little progress made with Pettitte.

Pitching isn't the only thing that the Yankees are looking to improve.  On Nov. 13, New York acquired 1B/OF Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox.  With Bobby Abreu departing from the Yankee outfield, Swisher may start at first base or in the outfield, which gives the Bombers even more flexibility when it comes to making more offseason moves.

Brian Cashman has visited with free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, although it now seems unlikely that the Yankees will sign Tex after throwing a bunch of money at Sabathia.

Other offseason scenarios have the Yankees trading second baseman Robinson Cano to the Dodgers for a package that would include outfielder Matt Kemp.  With Orlando Hudson as a free agent, this could prove to be a very good move.

Reports say that the Cano-Kemp trade won't happen.  However, we've all come to know that when it comes to the Yankees, anything could happen.

Improving the bullpen seems to be on the Yankees' agenda every year, and this year's crop of free agent relievers is a good one.  Would the Yankees be able to convince former closers like Chad Cordero and Brian Fuentes to become setup men for Mariano Rivera?  Huston Street seems to be available as well.

Every offseason brings excitement for a Yankee fan, and after acquiring CC Sabathia, Yankee fans have to believe there is more to come.

A return to the playoffs doesn't seem to be far off now.