Mailbag Monday: Deadline, Banuelos, Rotation

You can ask a question by going above to the ‘Contact’ tab and sending an email to the given email address.  Make sure you provide your first name. Today there are three questions.

Luke asks: How do you feel about the Yankees deadline?

I thought that Brian Cashman and his executives handled it very well. I understand his point about Ubaldo not being a top guy and with everything down on his stat sheet this season, the Yankees asked for a physical and the Rockies declined. Something was not right there. Colorado also shouldn’t have had this much of an inclination to trade him; he’s young, he’s cheap, and it’s not like they are trying to totally rebuild.

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After that, I would’ve wanted Kuroda, but he wasn’t leaving Los Angeles and I figured that no one else besides those two were upgrades. They needed a top tier starter, not just a starter. Cash did a good job of not giving into the pressure and getting someone like Wandy Rodriguez or another player who wouldn’t have helped. It would have been nice to add someone, but there was just no one who fit.

Dan asks: Manny Banuelos was just promoted to Scranton. I have a bad feeling that they are going to put him in the big league bullpen as a lefty specialist in September. Do you?

I do have a feeling that Banuelos will be put in the bullpen as a September call up, but it’s not a bad one. I have no problem with him being broken in as a reliever at this time of year as long as he’s a starter next season. It might actually be better for him because it will allow the Yanks to limit his innings. He threw around 90 in 2010 and he’s already up to 95.1 this season. I would allow him to get up to 130 before I shut him down. Just look what happened to Phil Hughes.

Lucy asks: How do you feel about the six-man rotation?

I think it’s a good idea. It’s a good way to keep Colon and Garcia as fresh as possible for as long as possible and it could somehow help Phil Hughes. They just need to find a way to get the ball to CC every five days because since they didn’t get another starter, they need him to step up and pitch as much as possible.


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