"I consider this position I’m playing in as a bench role," Cashman said. "Right-handed hitting outfielder that Joe can look on the bench and say, I’m not going to start one of my left-handers, I’m going to start a right-hander."
The Yankees have Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffman, a right-handed hitting outfielder, but won't go into Spring Training with him as their primary option.
One option the Yankees remain in contact with is Reed Johnson.
Johnson hit only .255 in 65 games in 2009, but hit .303 in 109 games for the Cubs in 2008. Johnson is still talking with the Cubs, but his familiarity with the AL East and the opportunity to play with the World Champion Yankees may trump any other options.