Yankees paying for Aaron Hicks’ Angels contract

Aaron Hicks has another new team, but the Yankees are still paying for their mistakes.

On Monday, the team announced that Hicks had signed a one-year contract with the Angels.

The Yankees drafted Hicks last May to end his disappointing tenure in the Bronx, but he still has two years remaining on the seven-year, $70 million extension (through 2025) the outfielder signed in 2019. Remaining. .

This allows the Angels to avoid paying Hicks the league minimum of $740,000.

The Yankees are responsible for a buyout of $8.76 million in 2024, $9.5 million in 2025, and $1 million in 2026. According to Joel Sherman of the Post.

The 34-year-old Hicks, the Yankees’ longest-tenured player, remained in the American League East and signed with the Orioles last year.

Aaron Hicks was DFAed by the Yankees last year, ending a disappointing tenure in the Bronx. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

In 28 games with the Yankees, he was hitting just .188/.263/.261 with one home run, five RBIs, and a .524 OPS before being cut.

However, during his time with the Orioles, Hicks hit .275/.381/.425 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs, and an OPS of .806 in 65 regular season games, with two hits, including a home run and five RBIs, in 10 at-bats. did. Ars.

Hicks wasn’t very popular among fans during his time with the Yankees, but he batted .232/.337/.398 with 81 home runs, 278 RBIs, a .735 OPS, and 515 strikeouts over his seven years with the team. .

In his final days with the team, he started hearing loud boos.

Hicks hit a home run in the Orioles’ game against the Yankees on July 4, but more jeers could be heard in the stadium when he first returned to Baltimore.

“Yeah [I was expecting the reaction]” Hicks said after the game. “With how this year has gone and what I’ve heard locally when I was here, I knew it was going to be like this, but I’m just going to go out there and keep fighting and try to win games.”

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Aaron Hicks found more success after joining the Orioles at the end of last season. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Yankees fans might still boo Hicks playing for the Angels, but they would do so if their team continued to pay the majority of his salary.



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