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New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks wasn’t even that good playing in Winter Ball

Written by Doug Rush

New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks wasn’t even that good playing in Winter Ball

The New York Yankees have a center field problem.

Aaron Hicks isn’t that good. He’s an overpaid player who was once seen as a possible Bernie Williams, but he’s definitely not that guy.

And here’s the bigger problem; he can’t ever stay healthy. Ever.

The 32-year-old came off of playing in winter ball after missing most of the 2021 season with a wrist injury that required surgery.

So how did Hicks do against his competitors in the Winter League? Eh.

Granted, Hicks hadn’t taken a swing in probably seven to eight months, but all he could muster up was .265? Hicks wasn’t exactly facing Gerrit Cole or Max Scherzer down there.

Yet, .265 is all Hicks could muster up. He is after all, a career .233 hitter, so maybe we were all expecting too much from him.

If Brian Cashman has any chance to make a trade once the lockout ends and move the remaining 4 years and $40.5 million owed to Hicks, they should pounce.

Someone might want Hicks, and after all, he is a decent fielder with a superior arm. But as a hitter, he’s not that good. The Yankees already have a player who can field and needs to improve at the plate in Joey Gallo.

Hicks needs to get moved once the lockout is over.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.