7 Yankees who are fighting for their futures heading into 2024 season

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Yes, another pivotal New York Yankees season. What else would we be signing up for? It feels like every year since 2017, the team has been faced with future turnover questions as early as spring training.

Brian Cashman further constructed this 2024 roster to live like there's no tomorrow, and that's very much the case for many players on the 40-man roster. Yes, guys like Juan Soto, Alex Verdugo, Gleyber Torres and Clay Holmes are free agents after the season, but they don't fall into the category of "fighting for their futures." Their futures might not be in New York, but they'll have plenty of life beyond 2024.

Some other players won't be so lucky. They might get outright tossed off the roster. They might have to take a demotion. They might be subjected to minor-league deals the rest of their careers. They might be straight up unwanted when all is said and done.

The early going of spring training is crucial for a few of these players to establish their footing for 2024. Others will get a chance to make their case for the entire season. But the struggle is real for many well-known Yankees players.

7 Yankees who are fighting for their futures heading into the 2024 season

Everson Pereira

Pereira's situation with the Yankees is very much unfair, but such is life in New York. The Yankees have no time to waste, and if the top outfield prospect can't figure out his bat at the big-league level, he will be discarded rather quickly.

That said, Pereira should not be judged by his one-month sample size in the big leagues last season. That's not a proper assessment, not for anybody. But it also doesn't help he made a glaring defensive miscue early on this spring and is batting .222 with a .639 OPS in his seven games so far.

The outfield is already set with Soto, Verdugo, Aaron Judge and Trent Grisham (and Jasson Dominguez returning midsummer). The clock is ticking for Pereira to at least make himself a palatable option for 2025.