THE New York Yankees On Friday, outfielder Aaron Hicks was officially released, nearly a week after being designated for an assignment
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THE Yankees also recalled right-hander Randy Vazquez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while left-hander Nick Ramirez was chosen for Triple-A
Hicks is out more than two years on a seven-year, $70 million contract signed in 2019. He was batting .188 with one homer and five RBIs in 28 games this season.
New York will owe the 33-year-old $10.5 million for the remainder of this season and $19 million over the next two seasons.
Hicks is a career .230 hitter with 101 home runs and 356 RBIs in 898 career games with the Minnesota Twins and Yankees
“It is what it is,” Hicks said, according to the New York Post, after being nominated for an assignment. “It’s part of the business side. I just have to move on to the next chapter. … They’re a really good baseball team. It seemed like it wasn’t working for me.”
Vazquez, 24, is set to make his major league debut. He’s 1-5 with a 4.85 ERA in nine Triple-A starts this season.
Ramirez, 33, had a 2.00 ERA in six relief appearances for the Yankees this season. He is 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA in 70 career appearances for the Detroit Tigers (2019-20), San Diego Padres (2021) and Yankees