12:34 pm: The Yankees have announced the move and confirmed that they have added Greg Allen to the active roster to replace him.
12:27 pm: The Yankees have appointed veteran midfielders Aaron Hicks for the task, report Greg Joyce of the New York Post. Although the Yankees have not officially moved yet, it will likely make room for the team to activate the midfield Greg Allenwho they got from the Red Sox last night.
This will be a costly move for the Yankees, with Hicks still owed $19.57 million in wages of $9.8 million in 2024-25 and a $1 million buyout for the club option. $12.5 million for 2026. He will also be owed the rest of his $10.8 million salary in 2023. Hicks will now be exempt, but the hardships of him this year and the amount owed makes it almost certain that he will go unclaimed. Instead, the Yankees could offer to eat the rest of his contract and try swapping him out with another team, or he could be released upon completion of the waiver terms.
It’s been a challenging start to the season for Hicks, who dropped just 0.188/.263/.261 with just one home run in 76 appearances. He has fallen on hard times in New York, with the team often prioritizing midfielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa to start off the field over him. He is also walking at his worst pace since 2016, more attacking and defensive stats don’t look favorable for his work in the off-court this season.
More to come.