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Happy March, Yanks fans! By the end of the month, we’ll be watching Yankees games that matter – and that’s something to be excited about. Yankees Twitter can certainly feel that excitement, between Aaron Hicks‘ extension and Bryce Harper‘s record-breaking contract with the Phillies, here is this week’s edition of Yankees Twitter Reacts.
Less than two weeks removed from the Luis Severino extension, the Yankees locked up Aaron Hicks by signing him to a 7-year, $70 million extension. The seven year contract will start this year for Hicks, meaning he will be in pinstripes through 2025.
Hicks was an integral part of the Yankees last season, appearing in 137 games and batting .248 with 27 home runs and 79 RBI’s (both career highs). Over the past two seasons, Hicks boasted an impressive 8.2 fWAR, which ranked third among AL centerfielders (behind Mike Trout and Tommy Pham). It was certainly a good value signing for the Yankees, as $10 million per year is cheap for a player of Hicks’ caliber. And as Brian Cashman said, the Yankees are betting on Hicks for the long term.
Aaron Hicks has agreed to a 7-year, $70M extension with the Yankees. The team will announce the extension later today.
BRYCE HARPER SIGNS RECORD-BREAKING DEAL WITH PHILLIES
On Thursday, Twitter erupted after Bryce Harper (finally) signed a massive 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, passing our very own Giancarlo Stanton as the biggest guaranteed contract in MLB history. This comes a little over a week after Machado signed his massive 10-year, $300 million deal. As it turns out, despite the wait, both guys got PAID.
Here’s how Yankees Twitter reacted to the deal:
Bryce Harper to the Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million deal with no opt-outs.
Good for him. Can't blame him for getting the $$$. Glad we didn't pay for him. Don't need him or Manny to win it all. We have the tools in place with maybe some more pitching down the road. We all know you can never have enough pitching!
BRYCE HARPER SHOULD BE A YANKEE….HE WAS MADE FOR YANKEE STADIUM BUT….George’s kids would rather pad their pocket books than add a ONCE IN A GENERATION player to the roster…oh well I guess he will be wearing a Phillies hat when he’s inducted to the hall
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few days, you know that Troy Tulowitzki is off to a hot start this spring. In his first at bat in pinstripes, Tulo went yard for an opposite field solo shot in the first inning. Three days later, Tulo hit another first inning bomb, this time a three-run dinger.
This sent Yankees Twitter into a frenzy. It is impossible not to root for Tulo, who missed the entire 2018 season due to injury and was discarded by the Blue Jays. Tulo has a chance to revive his career in pinstripes, and the Yankees could sure use it. With Didi Gregorius out for at least a few months, Tulo can play a pivotal role.
Here’s how Yankees Twitter reacted to the Tulo-madness.
If you follow me on Twitter, you saw this one coming. Just want to make it clear: it is Colin Cowherd with the bad take, not Justin. Listening to this upset me because I have always been a huge Cowherd fan. To paraphrase the clip, Cowherd says the Yankees lack “complementary players” and don’t have “the guy that sacrifices.”
This was either a softball question to ARod that he whiffed on, or it proves Cowherd knows nothing about the Yankees. Sure, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are big-time stars, but what about Gleyber Torres? Didi Gregorius? Miguel Andujar? DJ LeMahieu? Are those not complementary players? And has anyone sacrificed more over the past few years than Brett Gardner? It’s silly to say the Yankees lack those pieces, because quite frankly they are full of them – even a Red Sox fan would admit that.
BEST TAKE OF THE WEEK
Who would you rather have?
Aaron Hicks – 7/$70 Bryce Harper – 13/$330
If you say Harper, ask yourself this: Is Harper really worth double the length of contract, and nearly 5 times the amount of money?
Before I go any further, I am not saying Aaron Hicks is better than Bryce Harper. Harper is a world class talent and I would have LOVED to see him in pinstripes. What I want to discuss here is value.
As aforementioned in this blog, Hicks had a 8.2 fWAR over the past two seasons. In the same time frame, Bryce Harper had 8.3. In 2018 alone, Hicks had 4.9 fWAR while Harper had 3.5. Of course there are stats out there to support Harper’s case, but the notion is: paying 7/$70M for Hicks is far more valuable than 13/$330M for Harper.
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