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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Aaron Hicks designated for assignment to end disappointing Yankees tenure

The Yankees have finally decided to eat the money and cut Aaron Hicks.

The veteran outfielder was designated for assignment Saturday, he told The Post, as the Yankees opened a roster spot for Greg Allen.

Hicks still had three years and nearly $30 million left on his contract.

In 28 games this season, Hicks hit .188 with a .524 OPS.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2023 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2023 at 04:35 PM (#6129260)
Disappointing tenure? Disappointing last few years, sure, but he was excellent for the Yanks overall. Fans thought they'd found a 4-WAR player for just $10 M a year and end up disappointed that they didn't rip off some young guy. Poor darlings.

His entire Yanks tenure was 2400 PA of 101 OPS+, mostly in CF where that's fine. 13 WAR, 2 WAA. Even in 2022, he put up 1.6 WAR, 0.1 WAA in 450 PA which is exactly what he was being paid to do. He was horrible this year, horrible in 2021 and this bargain extension had been no bargain -- about $44 M for 3 WAR and not likely to get better. But the 8 WAR, 3.5 WAA before that is part of his Yankees tenure too.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2023 at 05:03 PM (#6129262)
A 78 OPS+, along with 0.8 WAR, over 2021-23 would meet most definitions of disappointing. Injuries may have played a part, but Hicks just didn’t sustain the level of play he established in 2017-20 (120 OPS+, 10.2 WAR). Maybe he’ll get another chance somewhere, but the Yankees gave him quite a bit of playing time before opting for the DFA.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2023 at 06:00 PM (#6129271)
A 78 OPS+, along with 0.8 WAR, over 2021-23 would meet most definitions of disappointing.

Sure. And if the headline said "The end of his Yankees' tenure was disappointing" that would be accurate. It does not. It says his entire Yankees' tenure was disappointing. That is incorrect. The second sentence of my post lays out the argument quite clearly. (Tenure: "the period of time when someone holds a job.")

And again, he produced at the expected level -- i.e. the level of production one expects for $10 M a year -- as recently as 2022.

Hicks needs another 80 or so days of service time to reach the 10-year mark.
   4. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 20, 2023 at 06:35 PM (#6129273)
The $10M p.a. contract started with 2019. He put up 2.8 WAR over that contract. Also, $10M may be value per WAR now, it wasn't in 2019.
   5. . . . . . . Posted: May 20, 2023 at 07:20 PM (#6129283)
The problem with the NY Post is that the house style is “miserable drunken man-cunt”. The other problem with the Post is that it is literally the only paper with a real local beat in Manhattan, so you have to read it anyways.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 22, 2023 at 07:56 AM (#6129453)
Hicks was fine until injuries undermined him, but obviously he's long outworn his welcome in New York. I'd love to see him stage a comeback for some other team, but the Yankees simply can't afford the roster space.

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