With the roster nearly set after a whirlwind start to December and stuck-in-the-mud January, the Yankees are just about ready to send their pitchers and catchers down to Florida to get the tradition started for 2024.
In a bout of good news, a pair of their most pivotal starters -- Carlos Rodón and Nestor Cortes Jr. -- reported voluntarily before they were required to, in order to get some additional reps in under team supervision. That'll work.
Following a few more weeks of buildup, anticipation, and a good feelings press tour completed by Cashman and Aaron Boone, the Yankees will begin to take shape in earnest in the middle of next month, at which point the "Championship or Bust?" dial will be turned back to "Championship?" for another pressure-packed year.
Luckily, there shouldn't be any contract extension gloom hanging over this particular spring training the way there was surrounding Aaron Judge in 2022; everyone knows Juan Soto's going to let things play out first.
When do pitchers and catchers report for the Yankees?
Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Tampa on Feb. 15, which'll mark Marcus Stroman's first appearance in the uniform of his childhood dreams. Unfortunately for Stro, his first days will probably be spent in navy pullovers rather than glistening pinstripes, but that unveiling will come soon enough.
Other early storylines to follow include Austin Wells' potential emergence, Jose Trevino's return from the wrist injury that threw his All-Star follow-up off course, and Rodón and Cortes Jr. charting a new path after a season marred by pain (early and often).
The Yankees' position players -- including, notably, Juan Freaking Soto -- will join their pitching and catching cohorts on Feb. 20 for workouts.
With only about three weeks to go before the first batch of Yankees arrive, there are still several unsigned top-tier free agents, like Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, seeking homes. If Brian Cashman's budgetary concerns are to be believed (and they should be), there won't be any stunning surprises walking through the bullpen gate in mid-February. A lesser name in the bullpen -- Hector Neris? A Wandy Peralta reunion? -- might represent the only addition to the current group.