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Making the '24 40-Man Roster:

By: James Vlietstra

August 14th, 2023

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The Yankees have almost 50 players who need 40-Man roster spots for next season, including free agents, injured guys, and Rule-5 players.


There’s going to have to be some massive turnover during the offseason, and I could easily be close to 25 players not returning.

In the list below, I have gone through all of the players and listed their names, ages, WAR produced in 2023 (so far), along with the likelihood on a scale of 1-10 if they will be on the 2024 40-Man roster [ORG] as well as a scale of 1-10 of being on the opening day roster [ODR]. I also included some pertinent contract information, highlighting how many (if any) years of control are left for a player and their options (if applicable). Players who have been injured for all of the 2023 season are also indicated.


For some players I have also added some of my own opinions about their contracts and potential future with the New York Yankees.


Here is that list:


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I then went through some of their top rule 5 eligible prospects and rated on a scale of 1-10 the likelihood of them being protected this offseason and if they would be selected if not protected.


Here is that list:

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Along with all the player changes, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of their front office leaders:


I believe that Brian Cashman will be the General Manager until he chooses to move up into a new position or retire from the Yankees. Personally, I'd create a new role and promote him to being the "President of Baseball Operations" which would allow him to oversee everything going on but not be directly responsible for negotiating with other teams, player agents, etc.

Though it is possible that Cashman's job title could be changed this year, I'm very doubtful.


Aaron Boone will be here at least another year, provided Cashman stays in his role. If the above happens and Cashman moves up, Boone will be fired to allow the new GM to hire his field manager. I do believe that someone will lose their job if the team fails to make the playoffs or worse yet falls below .500. Could it be Aaron Boone or Brian Cashman? Maybe. However, I'd look towards the head of analytics and the assistant general manager: Michael Fishman.

Going through the potential Yankees roster, it seems like they have a plethora of #4 outfielders and infielders that have played outfield this year. Over the next 6+ weeks, to get ahead of planning out the short-term (and long-term) futures for the team, I believe they need to promote and actually play some of their top prospects and let’s see what they can do with consistent playing time.


Guys like Oswald Peraza, Everson Pereira, Austin Wells, Jasson Dominguez, Clayton Beeter, Yoendrys Gomez, Edgar Barclay, and Andres Chaparro could all be potential options to play in September.

I'd really try to inject a little life into the team. They really dropped the ball by not selling and doing it 2 weeks ago, and holding firm is only making that mistake worse.

18 Comments


bbcfan64
Aug 15, 2023

I just went through and I have 31 of the current 46 as an 8 or better. Add 5 rule 5 eligible and you get 36. Which just means 4-5 players are safe until they start signing free agents

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Mike Whiteman
Aug 14, 2023

Great analysis James.

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bbcfan64
Aug 15, 2023
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Thank you

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etbkarate
Aug 14, 2023

Nice analysis. One point I disagree with. I would not reward Cashman with a made up new title. Give him a gold watch, and tell him to go turn around a team like the Royals. Then we can really see how "great" of a GM he actually is!

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bbcfan64
Aug 14, 2023
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Afraid so. would have to be 10 games under .500 and 10,000 fans at games to make the changes fans want

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jjw49
Aug 14, 2023

I like your take on Cashman and if Hal is smart he'll make Cashman an offer he can't refuse and then they both can save face and move on from this disaster.

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bbcfan64
Aug 14, 2023
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Problem is they rarely make decisions that make sense

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Aug 14, 2023

To me, only 4 prospects to me, in my own opinion, are no brainers to get 40 man spots - Wells, Dominguez, Ramirez, & Barclay. I can easily, again, in my opinion, lop off like 8 or 9 guys I either don't want back as free agents or can easily say bye bye to. But, who is the man making those decisions? What process will they use?


If I had a say, I'd leave a spot or 2 open on the 40 to easily resign a free agent or 2. Personally, I'd want decisions to be made on the Yankees own free agents before the set day.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but at the conclusion of the MLB season,…

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Alan B.
Alan B.
Aug 14, 2023
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Sauer was a 2017 draft choice, so he just might be eligible for free agency, same with a couple of others on this list.

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