YES Network’s David Cone: Yankees don’t need big-time trade if Miguel Andujar, Gary Sanchez keep hitting

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Salvation lies within.

That was the message YES Network’s David Cone delivered Tuesday following the New York Yankees8-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The bats came alive in the opener of the three-game series, with Miguel Andujar and Gary Sanchez going deep in the ninth inning to power the struggling Yankees offense.

After the game, Cone said getting Andujar and Sanchez hot could be better than any trade deadline addition general manager Brian Cashman can make.

“You can see a path forward. Instead of the fan base, the Yankees, talking about who we’re going to trade at the deadline, who do we need to get. They start talking about big players. Mention names, some big-time names that the Yankees’ fan base wants to target. Well, you know what? The answer might be right here. It’s gonna have to be right here, and these are the guys that are going to have to contribute, start swinging the bat for the Yankees to have a chance at all, much less even talk about some big trade that may or may not materialize on down the road. … This is what’s gonna have to happen for the Yankees. The players that are here are gonna have to swing the bats. The talent is there. The consistency remains to be seen.”

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Cone’s point is valid. Several Yankees hitters are underperforming this season, and if they can get right, New York’s lineup could be as dangerous as it appeared on paper in spring training.

Problem is, even if everyone starts hitting like we think they can, it doesn’t solve the issue of the Yankees sporting a lineup loaded with right-handed hitters, meaning no one in the lineup is equipped to take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field.

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