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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Yankees bullpen arms from 2023 who will not be returning

Say goodbye to Albert Abreu, who signed with Japan's Seibu Lions in December. He'll be joined by Franchy Cordero, who is poised to rack up a whole lot of local sponsorships by drilling moonshots next season. Abreu might not be so lucky, unless he can grow a fun mustache or cultivate a crazy new persona like a seventh-grader moving to a new town. "Um ... at my old school, they called me ... Mr. Delicious?"

Wandy Peralta, beloved 'til the end but constantly outrunning his creeping, rising FIP, is still looking for a new home, but he more than likely will not be returning (on anything longer than a one-year pact). Keynan Middleton, the team's best and only trade deadline addition, would be a welcome returnee, but conversations there have yet to be reported.

Brito and Vásquez have moved onto San Diego, while Greg Weissert was dealt to Boston in the Alex Verdugo trade. Lesser names like Zach McAllister and Ryan Weber have also moved on, while lefty Anthony Misiewicz surprisingly re-signed on a minor-league pact.

Will any key Yankees bullpen arms be traded or DFA'd by Opening Day?

Prrrrrrrobably not. There was certainly a chance that Jonathan Loáisiga's plug was pulled prior to the non-tender deadline, especially after Aaron Boone's pointed comments about the right-hander's availability. After he survived that deadline, though, he's more than likely reaching Opening Day unscathed (unless a trade offer too tempting to pass up on rolls around).