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The Yankees don’t have many roster spots up for grabs in Spring Training, but these three players could force their way onto the regular season squad.
Spring Training for the Yankees is mostly about helping the team’s stars round into form before the regular season begins. The other intriguing subplot will be the battle between players trying to force their way into the bottom of Aaron Boone’s roster. Non-roster invitees face a particularly daunting challenge in their quest to break camp with the big league roster.
That doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task. Brian Cashman and his front office have clearly made it a priority to add to their organizational depth this offseason. To that end, several relatively big names will be heading to the team’s Spring Training camp with legitimate hopes of donning pinstripes when the regular season begins.
Yankees fans should keep a close eye on the following three players as Spring Training begins. Each has a real chance to make an impact on the major league team the minute the regular season starts.
3. Adam Warren
Warren isn’t a new name for Yankees fans and he’s back with the team after spending time with the Mariners and Padres over the past several seasons. The issue with Warren is that he’ll need to show team officials that he’s all the way back from Tommy John surgery before he can really get into the mix for a spot in Boone’s bullpen.
If he is back to his best, Warren has a chance to make the big league roster as a long reliever. At worst, he can soak up innings mopping up for starters who fail to make it late into games. Warren isn’t going to be a plus reliever for New York in 2021, but he might be able to eat enough innings to protect the rest of the bullpen. That’s a valuable skill for a journeyman reliever on a cheap contract.