The Yankees cut outfielder and MLBbro, Aaron Hicks, on Saturday just before their game in Cincinnati. He was in the fourth year of a seven-year, $70 million contract, so he is still owed around $27.6 million.
Money is no object for a team like the Yankees, so that $27 million won’t even be thought about up in The Bronx, but Aaron Hicks will be glad he’s getting it while he’s figuring out where to go next.
“It is what it is,” he told the New York Post. “It’s part of the business side of it. Just got to move on to the next chapter. … This is a very good baseball team. It kind of seemed like it wasn’t working out for me.”
The 33 year-old was designated for assignment (DFA) to make room for outfielder Greg Allen who they picked up in a trade with Boston on Friday. This will be Allen’s second stint with the Bombers as he played in 15 games back in 2021.
As for Hicks, he wasn’t having a great 2023, batting .188 with a homer and five RBIs in 28 games this season. In fairness, his entire tenure wasn’t that great. The Yankees signed him in 2019; he got injured that season, needed Tommy John surgery and hasn’t been the same since. He came back to a pandemic-shortened season and then suffered a different season-ending injury the following year. For his career, he batted .236 before the surgery and .212 after.
“Difficult decision, one we felt we had to make,” manager Aaron Boone said about cutting Hicks.
Having come over from the Twins in a 2016 trade, Hicks had been the longest-tenured position player on the team.
“Five-plus years from my standpoint with someone,” Boone lamented. Obviously, he predates me. It’s family. You go through everything with these guys. Obviously, with Aaron, he’s had some ups and downs. He had some good seasons for us. Some playoff moments for us. The last few years, he’s had some struggles, some injuries. Not an easy conversation.”