Yankees general manager Brian Cashman estimated that he and Hicks’ representatives began discussing the extension in December. Within the past few days, the conversations picked up.
Cashman’s message to Hicks once the deal was complete? “I’m betting on you.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale
“He has more gas in his tank, he has more mountains to climb,” Cashman said. “We’re excited by a player who came here that wasn’t a finished product and had a lot of upside. We engaged him on a lot of levels about the talent that we thought he possessed.”
A .236 career hitter, Hicks was traded to the Yankees from Minnesota after the 2015 season.
After scuffling to a .217 batting average his first season in pinstripes and struggling to stay healthy his second year in the Bronx, Hicks had a career year in 2018. He set career highs in games played (137), homers (27), RBIs (79), runs scored (90) and WAR (4.7).
“I want to win a World Series,” Hicks said then. “I’m tired of losing. We’ve come so close, but I’m tired of saying we came close.”
Hicks echoed those sentiments Monday when he said he believes the Yankees are constructed well enough to contend for nike nfl jerseys cheap chinachampionships throughout the entirety of his new contract.
Other Yankees feel the same way now that Hicks and the recently re-signed Luis Severino are locked into their long-term future.
“[Hicks] is a big part of this team and a big part of our success. … I always love playing by him,” Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge said. “To hear he got seven years, we’ll be playing together for a long time.”