8:30 am: The Yankees announce extension.
7:45 am: There is also a club option for an eighth season, Marc Carig of The Athletic tweets . Post's Joel Sherman reports that Hicks will receive a $ 2MM signing bonus and a $ 6MM salary for the upcoming season ( Twitter link ). Then he will pay $ 10.5MM annually from 2020-23 and $ 9.5MM annually from 2024-25. His choice for the season of 2026 is worth $ 12.5MM and has a $ 1MM buyout.
7:09 am: The Yankee and center fielder are Aaron Hicks in agreement with a seven-year extension contract that Hicks will guarantee a total of $ 70MM, Jack Curry YES Network reports ( on Twitter ). These seven years include the 2019 season, every George A. King III of the New York Post ( via Twitter ). Hicks, who was appointed to reach the free agency at the end of the 2019 season, is now controlled at age 35.
Hicks, 29, has quietly emerged as one of the more underrated players over the past few seasons. The former first-rounder, acquired in a deal that sent a catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Twins, fought his first season with the Yankees but since the fall .255 / .368 / .470 with 42 home runs, 36 doubles, three triples and 21 stashed bases on 942 discharge plates. Hicks usually comes as a high-quality defensive center in his MLB-level career and provides a lot of basepaths beyond his stolen base bases, as well. Over the last two seasons, just five players in baseball (a 900-minute placing plate) have placed walks on a higher clip than the 15-percent Hicks score, and his 18.9 percent strikeout rate at that time Checks below the average league. Her 21.5 percent chasing rate at pitch outside the strike zone at that time was tied to the teammate Brett Gardner for the ninth lowest baseball in the same span.
For the Yankees, the agreement with Hicks locks is a long-term mix featuring sluggers Giancarlo Stanton (signed in 2027) and Aaron Judge ( controlled by 2022) for the foreseeable future. That trilogy will be accompanied by Gardner in 2019 and, if healthy, by Jacoby Ellsbury signed by 2020. On the other hand, the hope of out-of-earth Clint Frazier The Fellow prospect is still likely to be two years from being a factor in the Majors.
Hicks has signed for the 2019 season at a $ 6MM rate, making it a six-year agreement, $ 64 MM extension effective today. However, for luxury tax purposes, it is considered a seven-year deal with a $ 10MM annual luxury hit. The Yankees are at the top of the luxury tax line, even at the lowest penalty level after resetting their correct tax by sinking under the threshold of the previous period. The Hicks contract adds another $ 4MM to their luxury ledger for the season, bringing them an extra $ 800K in penalties.
By signing the deal, Hicks will forsake what has become a more shaky market of free agents for players. Unlike others who signed up for extensions, however, Hicks has tested the market as soon as next winter. Surely it is possible that at another big time on the plate, he would be ready to raise the money he gave through this contract – certainly on an average annual cost basis. However, instead he will sacrifice a little long-term replacement power in exchange for the security of an immediate payday. It's just to wonder if other 2019-20 free agents looked at recent market trends and do the same in the next few weeks. Due to the slow-paced free agency and the disappointing deals that many middle-tier free agents have acquired over the past two seasons, Hicks can be the first of many free agents to go to this route.