The 2024 MLB season is finally upon us, and the New York Yankees will face the Houston Astros on March 28, the opening day of the season. However, with opening day just hours away, the Yanks face important decisions regarding their lineup, pitching staff, and overall roster composition. Here are three key roster questions looming large for the Bronx Bombers as they prepare for the season ahead.

A Trade On Cards For Yankees?

Oswaldo Cabrera
Oswaldo Cabrera made his Opening Day debut on March 30, though he struck out four times. Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

In the aftermath of DJ LeMahieu’s foot injury, the New York Yankees have named Oswaldo Cabrera as a temporary replacement at third base. However, due to a lack of stable depth, the team has opened up doors for an external addition. Skipper Aaron Boone hinted that if an opportunity for a trade or a free agency acquisition arises, they won’t turn a deaf ear. Speaking of options, Yanks can pursue Gio Urshela and Josh Harrison. Both infielders signed a short-term deal with new franchises this off-season and could be put on the table for the right offer. Unfortunately, the Yanks miss out on the option of highly touted prospect Oswald Peraza. The kid got ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a shoulder injury he sustained during spring training. Regardless of the path they choose, the Yanks must find a reliable option at third base to solidify their infield defense and provide offensive production from the position.


Can Yankees Really Field Three Catchers?

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In an interesting move, the New York Yankees have kept Ben Rortvedt as a backup catching option despite the roster being occupied by Jose Trevino and Austin Wells. Rortvedt has had his chances but failed to leave a massive impact on the plate. He even served Gerrit Cole last season but ended up on the receiving end. However, Rortvedt has run out of minor league options, and therefore, the Yanks plan on sneaking him through waivers. Other rumors suggest that the catcher could be traded in case a good offer falls on the front office’s lap. There are a lot of unknowns associated with the rare move to have three catchers on the roster. But, of course, Aaron Boone must have a plan in mind. It would be interesting to see how Ben Rortvedt’s career shapes up in the next few weeks.

Lack Of Depth On Bench

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Trent Grisham Yankees Source: New York Post

The only confirmed names for the bench role are outfielder Trent Grisham and Austin Wells/Jose Trevino. Oswaldo Cabrera was slated to start on the bench as an infield backup. But he moves onto the main lineup after DJ LeMahieu’s injury. For starters, Aaron Boone has his eyes on Jahmai Jones, as he was the only rookie not sent down to the minors on Monday. Besides, the Yanks can pull off a trade for an infielder if something significant comes up. Otherwise, Boone can wait until LeMahieu regains fitness, which isn’t too far away.

Overall, finding solutions to these three challenges mentioned above will be key for the New York Yankees as they strive to compete at the highest level and pursue championship glory in the 2024 MLB season.

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