Yankees reportedly lock up another key player

Rob Bradford
February 25, 2019 - 8:52 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the second time this month the Yankees have committed to a player they consider to be part of their future.

New York followed up its contract extension with Luis Severino by reportedly agreeing to a seven-year, $70 million extension with Aaron Hicks. Jack Curry of the YES Network was first to report the news.

The 29-year-old Hicks has been a find for the Yankees since they traded for him from the Twins prior to the 2016 season. The outfielder -- who is considered to have one of the best throwing arms in the game -- broke out in 2018 by finishing with a .833 OPS and 27 home runs in 137 games.

The move leaves no doubt as to who the Yanks view as their everyday center fielder, with Jacoby Ellsbury still plagued by a rash of injuries. Ellsbury, who is still signed through 2020, is dealing with plantar fasciitis after missing all of last season with a hip injury. Adding insult to injury, former Red Sox image was recently removed from a spring training poster at Yankees camp.