Yankees' Aaron Hicks Signs 7-Year Contract Extension

Yankees Extend Aaron Hicks

Yankees Extend Aaron Hicks

Now he and the Yankees hope he can be one of the franchise's cornerstone players into the next decade.

Making another move to keep their core of players together, the New York Yankees agreed to a $70 million, seven-year contract with outfielder Aaron Hicks. "He has come in to his own the last couple of seasons". His contract also includes a team option for 2026. The club option is said to be valued at $12.5MM (with a $1MM buyout), and while Hicks doesn't have any no-trade protection on the deal, he'd receive a $1MM assignment bonus upon being traded.

"This is the organization I want to stay with", Hicks said during a news conference Monday.

Hicks, 29, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

"The last few years because of our efforts to get under the luxury tax and reset that clock prevented us from having any conversions like this with anybody because it was prohibitive", Cashman said. He gets $10.5 million annually from 2020-23 and $9.5 million in each of the following two seasons. "We tried to find a soft landing spot that we all could live with".

The Yankees outfield is now set for a longtime, as both Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton are tied to long-term deals. His signing follows staff ace Luis Severino inking a four-year pact for $40 million earlier this month that bought out all of his arbitration years.

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"Whenever you can get some years like that with a great team", Hicks told Francesa, "that's definitely big in decisions".

The former first-rounder, acquired in a lopsided deal that sent catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins, struggled in his first season with the Yankees but has since hit.255/.368/.470 with 42 home runs, 36 doubles, three triples and 21 stolen bases in 942 plate appearances. He is such a valuable player, playing a premium position, " Boone said before praising the switch-hitter's plate discipline. I'm glad this is behind him now.

"I'm thrilled", Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Should Hicks spend his entire contract as the Yankees' starting center fielder, he would join a lineage that also includes Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Bernie Williams, among other long-time Yankees center fielders.

Francesa asked Hicks what the most important part of the deal to him was, and Hicks reaffirmed that the biggest factor was his desire to stay in NY.

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