With the Twins having a logjam at the outfield positions with young and talented players, Hicks was the odd-man-out and was shipped out. To give up Hicks, the team used him to help address their weakness behind the plate.
The 26-year-old Hicks still has a lot of potential. He’s a switch-hitter, who hit .256 in 97 games this past season.
He should be a valuable bench player for the Yankees, as he brings plus-speed and good defense to the team.
Hicks has a .225 batting average with 20 home runs and 78 RBI’s in the past three seasons. According to Baseball Reference projections, he’s expected to have a .241 batting average with 10 home runs and 38 RBI’s.
He’s also projected to have 15 doubles and three triples, along with 10 stolen bases.
Murphy, who is also a three-year veteran, had a .267 batting average with four home runs and 24 RBI’s in that time.
He’s projected to have a .269 batting average with six home runs and 29 RBI’s.