Yankees drop first spring training lineup for 2024 season with just one starter

2024 New York Yankees Spring Training
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New York Yankees fans, we made it. The first spring training game will take place on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET as the Bombers battle the Detroit Tigers, and the 2024 season is officially in motion. But we'll have to wait to see Juan Soto and the other impact newcomers.

The Yankees released their first lineup of spring training on Saturday morning and ... it features just one starter. Yeah, looks like we can sign Anthony Volpe up for a full 162-game slate again in 2024 after he admirably completed the feat in 2023.

He'll bat leadoff and represent the lone Yankees regular, but also one of the few that will probably make the Opening Day roster.

Trent Grisham and Oswaldo Cabrera are Opening Day probables and will be batting second and third, but the rest? Either starting the year at Triple-A, trade bait, or roster fodder. Pretty underwhelming but ... it's still baseball.

Starter Luis Gil will oppose Tigers right-hander Reese Olson at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Yankees drop first spring training lineup for 2024 season with just one starter

Everson Pereira will get an early shot to prove he belongs in the bigs after a disappointing month of play to close out 2023 while Ben Rortvedt will fight to stick around at catcher as Gerrit Cole's pupil, even though it's looking more and more like it'll be an Austin Wells-Jose Trevino until further notice. Expect Rortvedt to be the Triple-A catcher who helps out in the bigs when there's an injury.

Then, the entire back half of the lineup is full of newcomers. with Luis Torrens (a former Yankees international signing who found his way back this offseason), Oscar Gonzalez (scooped up from the Cleveland Guardians), Jorbit Vivas (acquired in a trade with the LA Dodgers) and Jordan Groshans (a former Blue Jays first-round pick).

Sunday's split-squad action might offer more entertainment for Yankees fans, with Carlos Rodón and Marcus Stroman starting both games. We can probably expect to see Soto, Aaron Judge, Alex Verdugo and others.

But for now, this will suffice. It's baseball. And it's the closest thing to official. Tune into YES this afternoon to catch the action!