The New York Yankees enter spring training with a deeper roster than 2023, a five-man rotation that looks great on paper (a place where rotations tend to look great), and some actual lefties who can play the outfield, one of whom happens to be Juan Soto.
Still, there are a few redundant pieces who remain.
The Yankees possess an impressive array of top prospects, but in typical Yankee fashion, they're also rostering a few names who've fallen between the cracks, and need to prove their worth in some way in 2024. There's a chance they thrive with the big-league club. There's a chance they flounder, dooming themselves to the world of Quad-A. If the Yankees want to be proactive, they'll never get a chance to find out whether the second outcome is possible, pouncing on the trade market instead.
These three Yankees could play roles with the big club in 2024, but would probably be better suited to be dealt -- either prior to Opening Day, or at the trade deadline (though you risk further depleting your assets if you continue to hold them).
3 Yankees players who belong on trade block entering spring training 2024
The catchers! The five catchers! SOMETHING must be done about the catchers!
In what's turned from a quirk to a farce over the past three months, the Yankees still employ five catchers on their 40-man roster. Attaching Kyle Higashioka to the Juan Soto trade wasn't enough. Now, the rubber is hitting the road, and a cavalcade of catchers is about to report -- alongside their pitchers -- to spring training in Tampa. Is there enough space in the locker room for all of them? Are we about to experience an impending Catcher Turf War?
It was incumbent upon the Yankees to sort out this strange allocation of resources back in November. Now? It's critical.
Ben Rortvedt possesses more big-league familiarity, but Narvaez is the more intriguing unknown quantity (who impressed last spring with his defensive acumen). The Yankees theoretically have the catching duties handled in Scranton between Rortvedt and minor-league signee Luis Torrens. Agustin Ramirez, protected from the Rule 5 Draft in December, represents untapped potential.
Narvaez? At this point, he represents stunted growth, especially if he's forced to go back to Double-A and split duties once more. The Yankees should do what's right here and find him an exit strategy (or get someone to pounce on Rortvedt instead to clear the glut).
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