Yankees release Aaron Hicks after 8 seasons [Sports News]
The New York Yankees released outfielder Aaron Hicks on Friday before the game against the San Diego Padres, ending the relationship with the player after 8 seasons.
Hicks had been assigned for assignment after posting a disappointing .188/.263/.261 offensive line with just three extra-base hits and 5 RBIs in 69 at-bats. The outfielder received no waiver interest for his high salary and will now be able to join any major league organization as a free agent.
Hicks will receive the 30 million dollars that the Yankees owe him to try to be reborn in a franchise where the pressure is much less.
“This is what it is,” Hicks told the New York Post as he hugged his teammates, who he said goodbye to during Saturday’s game. “This is part of the business, I just have to move on and see what my next chapter is going to be.”
“This is a great baseball team, but it just wasn’t working for me. Maybe going somewhere else will do me good,” he said.
During his time with the Yankees, Hicks had 477 hits, 81 home runs and 278 RBIs in 651 games. He will now be able to reinforce any team for the minimum contract, set at $720,000 in 2023.