By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Yankees signed center fielder Aaron Hicks to a seven-year extension deal on Monday. He will receive $70 million that will keep him from being a free agent for a long-time.
Hick’s extension kicks in this season. The 29-year-old will receive $6 million in the first-year of the deal with a $2 million signing bonus.
The deal runs through the 2026 season.
The 29-year-old San Pedro, California native has spent the last three seasons with the Yankees after acquired in a Nov. 11, 2015 trade with the Minnesota Twins for John Ryan Murphy. He was the Twins first-round draft pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Last season in a career-high 137 games, he had a .248 batting average with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs. He also had 18 doubles and three triples on 119 hits, while scoring 90 runs.
The 27 home runs were the most in his career, as he previously had 15 home runs during the 2017 season. The 79 RBIs were 27 more than his 2017 total of 52.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Hicks is projected to have a .243 batting average on the 2019 season with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs. He is also projected to have 20 home runs and two triples on 109 hits, while scoring 70 runs.
He is the second Yankees player to sign an extension during spring training. Starting pitcher Luis Severino signed a four-year, $40 million deal with a fifth-year option for $15 million.
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