Yankees, Aaron Hicks

Aaron Hicks was one of the most hated outfielder ever to be a part of the New York Yankees organization. He was traded back in 2015 from the Minnesota Twins, and given his stunning debut, Hicks fetched a seven-year $70 million deal extension contract only to witness a sharp downfall.

Since the day Aaron Hicks signed that extension contract, he was never the same outfielder the Yankees had initially signed. His form in the coming year dropped so low that the Yanks chose to cut him loose by incurring a major loss. And now, Hicks’ new home, LA Angels, also dumped him mid-season amid poor form.


LA Angels DFA Aaron Hicks, Promotes Cole Tucker!

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Aaron Hicks, the former outfielder for the New York Yankees, finds himself in a state of uncertainty after being designated for assignment by his new team, Los Angeles Angels. After a .140 batting average and .415 OPS through 18 games, the Angels had it enough as they replaced Hicks with a seasoned shortstop. Notably, the outfielder, who’s in the final stage of his baseball career, continued to get paid by the Yanks. He is still owed $20 million until the 2025 season, and the Angels only paid him a league minimum salary of $740,000 during the off-season. Interestingly, Bronx Bombers designated Aaron Hicks for assignment last year in May after two painful seasons. He was later picked up by the Baltimore Orioles, where he witnessed a resurgence.

Aaron Hicks hit .275/.381/.425 with seven home runs and 31 RBI for Baltimore shortly after exiting New York Yankees and cited a change of scenery and better coaching staff as a key factor contributing to his resurgence. However, the Orioles didn’t extend him as the veteran was just an injury reinforcement. While he was picked up by the Angels in the off-season, that stint was also short-lived. Hicks, a 12-year MLB veteran, has a career average of .231 with 109 home runs and 392 RBIs. Once a highly touted talent, injuries and inconsistent performance plagued Hicks’ career. Despite flashes of success, including a strong 2019 campaign where he posted career-best numbers, Hicks struggled to maintain consistency. Indeed, for Hicks, being designated for assignment represents a setback in his career, as he now finds himself in limbo awaiting his next opportunity in the league. But until then, the Yanks will continue to pay him.

Yankees Cap Aaron Judge Replaces Alex Verdugo In Left Field!

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In a major roster move, the New York Yankees announced that in-form outfielder Alex Verdugo has been placed on the paternity list, and catcher Carlos Narvaez has been recalled from Triple-A as a replacement. With Verdugo gone, skipper Aaron Boone penciled captain Aaron Judge into left field for the first time in his major league career.

Aaron Judge is a traditional right fielder. But for many years, he had to give up the position for the team’s sake. Still, the maximum he adjusted was to center field. Left field is something he never explored in MLB. However, for the Yankees’ best interest, the captain had to step up and embrace the challenge against the Orioles.

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