Oct 5, 12:28 PM EDT

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman prefers to give the team's prospects a chance at first base and right field next season rather than try for upgrades in the trade or free-agent markets.

New York missed the playoffs for the third time in four years and at 84-78 finished four games out of an AL wild card. The Yankees struggled to a 9-17 start, then improved in the final two months of the season after bringing up catcher Gary Sanchez, right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin.

Speaking at his end-of-season news conference Wednesday, Cashman says "there will be some hesitancy to forego giving the kids a chance to take it" but admitted "certainly that can create some problems if they don't."

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