Brian Cashman has a long list of needs heading to the General Managers Meetings which begin Monday in Orlando, but a first baseman isn’t on it.

Though it had been thought the Yankees may need a caddy for Mark Teixeira next season as the veteran comes back from right wrist surgery, the Yankees GM dispelled that notion.

“I’m looking for a lot of things, but a first baseman isn’t one of them,” Cashman said. “I saw Mark recently and he said he was doing well and seems to be recovering nicely. So there’s no reason to think he can’t be a regular first baseman next season.”

Teixeira is just one of the Yankees coming off a disastrous 2013. He played in just 15 games because of a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist originally suffered during the World Baseball Classic. He opted not to have surgery, which would have knocked him out for the season, and instead returned on May 31.

It seemed like he made the right choice when during a four-game stretch in his first week back he hit three homers.

But the production was short-lived and he played his final game of the year on June 15. He ended up having the surgery in July and expressed optimism he would be fine by spring training.
Cashman is moving forward with that hope.