Mailbag Monday: Waivers And Number Two Starter

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 two questions.

Nate asks: Do you see the Yankees making any waiver claims in the next couple of week and if so, who?

I don’t see the Yankees making any waiver claims because from what I’ve seen up to this point, there aren’t really any fits. Now that’s not to say a player who could be of value won’t hit the market, but I honestly doubt it. Brian Cashman seems very content with the team he has at this point and remember they still have to get Alex Rodriguez back to be at full strength. And that’s not to mention the youngsters, Jesus Montero and Mann Banuelos, who could help the team in September. At this point with this big of a lead, they should just be focused on getting everybody healthy and not exhausting anyone.

Thomas asks: There has been a lot of talk about the Yanks number two starter the past few weeks. Who do you think it is?

I quite frankly hate this topic. Since the Yanks didn’t acquire a top tier starter at the deadline, I feel like after CC Sabathia, everyone else is about equal. Unlike seemingly every Yankee fan and writer, I have not jumped on the Ivan Nova band wagon for the sole purpose that he has turned in one start that says he is a number two. That’s not to say he hasn’t been better than AJ Burnett or Phil Hughes, but he certainly hasn’t been fantastic. I don’t like to label starters until the post season when it’s really necessary. If I had a gun to my head, I would say that it would be CC, Freddy, Bart, Nova, Hughes, Burnett.

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