The New York Yankees’ starting center fielder has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the team.
The Yankees and Aaron Hicks have agreed to a seven-year, $70 million dollar extension that runs through Hicks’ age 36 season.
Hicks, who was traded to the Yankees from the Minnesota Twins in the 2015-16 offseason, enjoyed the best season of his career while playing in the Bronx last season.
The switch-hitting center fielder hit .248 in 2018, but posted a .366 on-base percentage and hit 27 home runs while playing strong defense. This was good for nearly 5 wins over replacement according to the FanGraphs metric.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, one of his biggest supporters, has referred to Hicks as being one of the most underrated players in the game of baseball.
Hicks is the third member of an all-world outfield which the Yankees enjoy, consisting of Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge.
Boone has declared publicly that Hicks could be the Yankees’ best option to hit in the leadoff spot this season. In any case, the franchise’s decision to offer him this contract extension shows their commitment and belief in the talented outfielder.