Projecting Yankees' 2024 Opening Day bullpen amid roster turnover

The more things change, Juan Soto-style, the more they stay the same in the back end.

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The New York Yankees entered the 2024 offseason secure in the knowledge that, when asked to, they can print bullpen arms. They did it once more last season with Jhony Brito, Ian Hamilton and Randy Vásquez.

The departures of Brito and Vásquez in the Juan Soto trade shouldn't dissuade fans from believing in New York's bullpen next season. Rather, they should serve as a reminder that, come next November, two or three people you still haven't heard of will be viewed as essential to the operation. That's Matt Blake's entire vibe. Hell, he already knew he had to replace Michael King in the aggregate because of the righty's supposed rotation move. That still has to be handled, but was part of the plan all along.

The rotation might be in semi-shambles and the lineup might've needed a left-handed makeover (and ... received one!), but New York's bullpen corps should look relatively similar to last season after the team's DFA deadline came and went without the boat being rocked. A few familiar names from the recent past are set to return, and there might be a free agent addition or two, but by and large, the unit should be rock solid once again.

It's just the rest of the game that's changing.