New York Yankees Make Huge Decision On Aaron Hicks

In a decision that New York Yankees fans have been desperately waiting for for many years now, the team has finally decided to put an end to the misery of outfielder Aaron Hicks, by designating him for assignment.

It's certainly been a long time in the making, as Hicks has struggled mightily, both in the field and certainly at the plate over the past few seasons. This year he was hitting .188 with one home run and an OPS+ of 47 (53% worse than the average major leaguer). 

Hicks' last truly productive season with the Yanks was way back in 2018, when he hit 27 HR and had an OPS+ of 127. Since then, it's been all downhill, and he's been booed mercilessly in the Bronx, year after year. Since the start of the 2021 season, he's been slashing .209/.315/.310.

The 33-year-old still has 2 1/2 years left on his seven-year, $70 million contract. The Yankees will eat the nearly $30M on the deal.

A fresh start certainly couldn't hurt Hicks, who will try to catch on with another team after clearing waivers.

“It is what it is,” Hicks told The New York Post. “It’s part of the business side of it. Just got to move on to the next chapter."

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