The Yankees designated veteran outfielder Aaron Hicks for assignment after trading for Red Sox minor leaguer Greg Allen in just the seventh deal between the hated rivals since 1969
- Through 28 games this season Hicks is struggling to hit for a .188 BA
- The most famous transaction between the rivals was for Babe Ruth in 1919
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The New York Yankees designated outfielder Aaron Hicks despite three years and $30 million remaining on his contract.
Through 28 games this season, Hicks has struggled, hitting a .188 average with a paltry .524 OPS.
‘It is what it is,’ Hicks told The Post. ‘It’s part of the business side of it. Just need to move on to the next chapter.
‘This is a very good baseball team,’ he added. ‘It doesn’t seem to work for me. Obviously with the decision they decided to make, maybe somewhere else could be a little bit better.’
The move would open up a roster spot for newly acquired OF Greg Allen, who the Yankees recently added in a trade from the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees designated veteran outfielder Aaron Hicks for assignment due to a subpar season
His spot on the roster was filled by Greg Allen who was acquired via trade from the rival Red Sox
The 30-year-old Allen recorded 23 stolen bases with Boston’s Triple-A affiliate in Worcester
New York acquired Allen after shipping minor league pitcher Diego Hernandez and monetary considerations on Friday with the expectation that he would join the major league roster, although it was not immediately clear whose roster he will take the spot.
‘I think he’s going to be here,’ manager Aaron Boone said after a 6-2 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. ‘Let’s get together and see what we can do.’
While playing with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate Allen hit for a .250 average, .407 OBP, .795, and 23 stolen bases.
‘Switch-hitter, versatility, good at the role, can run,’ Boone said while discussing Allen.
‘He’s also very good at doing that. He has played here before and he did well for us then. A chance to add some depth.’
It is also worth noting that the trade between NY and Boston was only the seventh trade between the two historic rivals since the Divisional Era began in 1969.
However, the most notable transaction between the two teams came before the Divisional Era in 1919 when the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth’s contract for $100,000.
Ruth would famously go on to become one of the most legendary players in baseball history, winning four more World Series titles with the Yankees.