Aaron Hicks becomes Yankees’ division rival after signing major league contract with Orioles

Former Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks has found a way to return to the Major Leagues after being released by the New York Yankees and will do so with the Baltimore Orioles, which will automatically make him a division rival of his former team.

Former New York Yankees star outfielder Aaron Hicks will return to the Major Leagues as a division rival for the New York Yankees after signing a contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who have suffered a major loss in the outfield and have moved to fill it quickly.

Four days after being released by the Bronx Bombers, Hicks has gotten the opportunity he wanted to move on and prove he can still perform at baseball’s highest level.

What the 31-year-old may not have expected was that the opportunity would be in the same division as his former team, with the Orioles, who are having a great season that has them in second place in the American League East with a 34-20 record.

Hicks will arrive in Baltimore to cover what is expected to be a short absence of outfielder Cedric Mullins, who was placed on the 10-day injured list for a right groin strain suffered Monday in the first game of the series against the Texas Rangers.

The left-handed hitter has performed consistently throughout his 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins (3) and Yankees (8), posting a lifetime batting average of .230 with 101 home runs and 356 RBIs in 898 games.

It should be recalled that the Yankees were left owing just over $24 million to the outfielder, corresponding to the seven-season, $70 million contract he signed in 2019.

Aaron Hicks did not perform as expected by the New York set, who had hoped that he would be one of their everyday outfielders as he was last year. In 2023 he exhibits a poor .188 average with one home run, five RBIs, one run scored and a .524 OPS, this in 28 games.

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