Two days after it was suggested that Aaron Hicks could be the most underrated player in the game, the Yankees showed the world just how much they think of their switch-hitting center fielder.
Hicks and the Yankees completed a seven-year, $70 million contract extension with a club option for the 2026 season on Monday. The deal replaces Hicks’ one-year, $6 million contract for ’19 that was previously announced on Jan. 11.
The reason why I signed this deal was, I thought it was a fair deal for both sides I want to be here. The guys in the clubhouse, I want to fight for them. I want to go to war with them, which is the main reason why I signed the deal here.
The only other American League center fielders to post a season with at least 25 home runs and a walk rate of 15 percent or better are Mickey Mantle (nine times), Trout (four times) and Larry Doby (twice).
Hicks’ extension is the second significant move of the spring as the Yankees attempt to secure their young core. Right-hander Luis Severino bypassed arbitration earlier this month by agreeing to a four-year, $40 million extension.
This guy is all smiles today ? pic.twitter.com/vQVIZM8mt7
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 25, 2019