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Thursday, January 28, 2016

10 Best Under-the-Radar Pickups

Aaron Hicks, Yankees

This has been a winter in which the Yanks have famously not signed a single free agent, with the Castro and Chapman trade acquisitions their biggest sources of improvement. But don’t forget about the trade they made with the Twins for Hicks.

At 26, and with less than 1,000 plate appearances in the big leagues, there’s an argument to be made for upside here. Though the Yankees’ trade discussions involving Brett Gardner have gone nowhere, to date, perhaps they see Hicks as a guy worthy of an everyday spot should Gardner be moved (or is Jacoby Ellsbury gets hurt). But even if Hicks simply is for the Yanks in ‘16 what he was for the Twins in ‘15—a quality defensive option at all three outfield spots with fleet feet on the basepaths and terrific numbers (.307/.375/.495) against left-handed pitching—that will suffice. Joe Girardi employed Chris Young expertly last season, and it’s easy to see Hicks filling the same role.


 

 

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