10 Former Yankees without jobs heading into Spring Training

Heading into Spring Training several former Yankees are without jobs to start the season.

Feb 19, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA;  fans watch New York Yankees spring training workouts at George M.
Feb 19, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; fans watch New York Yankees spring training workouts at George M. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Joely Rodriguez - Relief Pitcher

Sep 20, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez (30) delivers
Sep 20, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Joely Rodriguez (30) delivers / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

A throw-in piece in the Yankees trade for Joey Gallo, Rodriguez quickly became a key cog in the Yankees bullpen in 2021. In 21 games, Rodriguez had a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings pitched helping the team down the stretch of the season. The Yankees extended Rodriguez before flipping him to the New York Mets for Miguel Castro.

He's struggled since leaving the Yankees pitching to a 4.47 ERA with the Mets in 2022 and a 6.55 ERA in 2023 with the Red Sox. After losing Scott Effross to injury, the Yankees should be one of the teams considering adding the veteran southpaw. He peaked while pitching for Matt Blake, and with the team's need to add depth pitching the pair could be a perfect match. If the team can tap back into what made Rodriguez successful the team can answer a few of its depth issues.

Franchy Cordero - Outfielder

Jul 19, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Franchy Cordero (33) is
Jul 19, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Franchy Cordero (33) is / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

While Cordero was signed to be a depth outfielder for the Yankees, he ended up playing far more than expected early on before getting released. In 24 games for the Yankees Cordero hit .188 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. He had a dazzling start for the team before regressing forcing the team to DFA him following his time in AAA.

Franchy has signed on to play in the Japanese NPB meaning he may be giving up on his time in the MLB. If he's going to return to the MLB it'll likely be after a stint in the minor leagues before becoming a bench player for a team. The Yankees could certainly invite him to Spring Training and hope to tap into his power if the team suffers injuries.

The New York Yankees need a healthy Spring

The biggest need for the Yankees right now is to survive spring training without any major injuries. The team already has questions with it's depth at pitcher with several players coming off of injury-plagued seasons and need to get them to opening day healthy. The team has several hitters that have spent the past few seasons on and off of the injured list that the team will need to get big seasons out of. This team has lofty expectations but one major injury could completely derail the season as it did in 2023.

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