DUNEDIN, FLORIDA - APRIL 12: Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark on April 12, 2021 in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
The New York Yankees extended Aaron Hicks prior to the 2019 season because they didn’t believe any center fielders who’d be hitting free agency over the next few years would be able to eclipse his production.
Unfortunately, they didn’t foresee multiple options being able to clear that suddenly-low bar.
Hicks’ outstanding 2018 season (.