3 exciting Yankees who'll be squeezed off Opening Day roster (but will contribute)

There's depth to be mined here.

2024 New York Yankees Spring Training
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Jorbit Vivas, INF

Vivas was demoted on Monday night, unable to parlay his torrid start into a surprise roster spot, even after DJ LeMahieu went from "healthy" to "bone bruise; foot fell off".

Despite not being able to crack the 26-man for now, Vivas' pop is extremely legit, as he proved to Yankees fans and brass by selling out a few times early in camp, showing off his Rougned Odor side with two impressive dingers.

Swiped from the Dodgers in a potential win-win Trey Sweeney swap, the Yankees were able to stash Vivas on their 40-man roster, something Los Angeles was unable to do at the time, having to welcome both Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (don't rub it in). Ironically, either Sweeney or Vivas -- if not both -- would've had a chance to crack the Yankees' plans at some point this season, with the previously crowded infield now looking thinner than most imagined just last month.

Trepidatious about playing time, Gio Urshela chose a $1.5 million contract from the Tigers rather than continue to entertain a dalliance with the Yankees. In the wake of that decision, Oswald Peraza has been shut down for 6-to-8 weeks with a shoulder issue, and DJ LeMahieu managed to foul a ball off his troublesome foot in exhibition play (at a high velocity). Suddenly, there's room on the Yankees' depth chart, as Brian Cashman considers outside help like Josh Harrison and Donovan Solano. Vivas will get a chance; it's just a matter of time (and its long-publicized effect in healing all wounds).