June 22, 2021

Did the Yankees make the same mistake with Aaron Hicks and Jacoby Ellsbury? (Pinstripe Alley)


The end of Jacoby Ellsbury’s tenure with the Yankees has been nothing short of a nightmare. Injuries have ravaged Ellsbury’s career, keeping him from even getting on the field since 2017. His maladies have ranged from concussions, to oblique strains, to plantar fasciitis, to the eventual hip surgery that derailed his entire 2018 season. It certainly was a frustrating roller coaster ride for team and player.

The completion of this saga, which came with Ellsbury’s release this week to free up space on the 40-man roster, got me thinking about another Yankee outfielder that signed a seven-year contract; Aaron Hicks. Though Hicks signed on for less money, both he and Ellsbury’s long-term deals run for seven years, and both have had their fair share if of injuries. Hicks, of course, recently had surgery on his elbow and is out for at least half of 2020.

Now, before you get up in arms, I will backpedal and give each player their due credit. Ellsbury was an MVP candidate with the Red Sox in 2011, and did have a couple decent years with the Yankees, but he was never the impact player that they were hoping to steal from their rival. Hicks is an impressively well-rounded…

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