8 players on Yankees 40-man roster who don't deserve a role in 2024

Very fine people. Shouldn't be Yankees. And the number is larger than you think.

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The Bullpen Roster Fodder -- Nick Ramirez, Ryan Weber, Anthony Misiewicz, Matt Bowman

Bet there are people listed here you didn't even know existed. Is that good? If you're protected on the Scranton Shuttle and never make the corresponding trip to the big leagues at any point, that isn't really a fantastic sign.

Nick Ramirez played his role well for a while with the Yankees, but ultimately survived on-and-off in April and May and fairly consistently from early June to early August as the last man in the bullpen for low-leverage outings, Lucas Luetge-style. Toward the end of his tenure, the wheels fell off a bit, as he allowed at least one run in five consecutive appearances in July, including (famously) July 5 against the Orioles when the Yankees had a chance to build some summer momentum. Oh, yeah, and he faced Shohei Ohtani with the game on the line in Anaheim? What was that about? Ramirez had his moments, but odds are the Yankees' takeaway from those moments was, "Oh, wow, we can turn anybody into this." The 34-year-old lefty's roster spot is not safe.

Ryan Weber, beloved by many, is still rehabilitating from a serious elbow injury, proving that forearm strains are always comin' around the corner, no matter how hard you throw. Unfortunately, he probably won't be staying with the team to recover. Misiewicz and Bowman are both ... here, I guess? The Yankees went out of their way to bring Bowman back on a major-league contract after he exercised his opt-out clause. What was that about?