Yankees fans are well aware of David Cone’s expertise in breaking the game after seeing him on the YES Network for the past 10 years.
But a national audience will be confronted with the insights of the five-team World Series winner when he steps onto ESPN’s Sunday Night baseball booth alongside Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.
On Monday, Cone spoke to reporters about his new role and what he thinks should be high on the Yankees’ priority list once the lockout ends.
“Of course,” said Cone, “look at Shortstop and it’s a big deal for her. Are they going to get one of the big boys out there or sign a workaround and wait for some of their prospects to get ready? “
The 59-year-old ex-Yankees pitcher added that the club needs to determine if Aaron Hicks is still fit to be a reliable full-time center fielder. He also praised the Yankees’ bullpen depth, especially since Clay Holmes and Jonathan Loaisiga would likely serve as prep players for the closer Aroldis Chapman.
Here is the full quote from Cone:
“It will obviously be on the positional side. I think the Yankees and their pitching team are in pretty good shape overall, especially their bullpen. Pretty loaded. When you have two rescuers like Clay Holmes and Jonathan Loaisiga throwing 99 mph demon sinkers, that’s a pretty good combination before you even get to the closer Chapman. So I think the bullpen will be as strong as it was last year. Of course you need a shortstop. You need Aaron Hicks to come back and be solid in midfield and that is what you need to find out. Some things that you know you need now are a position player and a shortstop. Another thing to find out in spring training when we finally get there is what Aaron Hicks looks like, whether or not he can play a busy schedule and stay solid. Take a look at Shortstop, of course, and that’s a big deal for them. Are they going to be one of the big guys that are still out there or are they going to sign a workaround and wait for some of their prospects to finish?
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