By: Allen Gary
On Monday Morning, The Yankees inked Center Fielder Aaron Hicks to a 7 year $70 million extension that will keep him off the free agent market. The extension starts this season, the switch-hitting Hicks is scheduled to make $6 million. The 29-year-old Hicks is coming off a career year in homers (27), RBIs (79), games played (137), and runs (90). Since being acquired from the Twins for catcher John Ryan Murphy (who now plays for the Diamondbacks) after the 2015 season, Hicks has become the Yankees regular Center Fielder, where he is an elite defender. In the past two seasons, Hicks has combined to hit .255 with 42 home runs, 131 RBIs, .838 OPS, and a combined WAR of 8.5. Hicks has been placed on the DL four times in his 3 years in the Bronx, once with hamstring issues and three rib cage problems.