After adding NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees outfield is stocked with talent. While sharing a locker room with Stanton, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, Aaron Hicks wants to be the team's starting center fielder and believes he can help the team win.
Ahead of spring training, Hicks is penciled in to start the majority of games in center. Last season he won the starting job away from Ellsbury and it's expected that Stanton and Judge will rotate between right field and DH, though one can play in left with Gardner in center.
"I want to be the starting center fielder for the Yankees, of course," Hicks said, via Dan Martin of NY Post. "I feel that's the position I can play every day and be successful and help this team win."
Amid trips to the DL, Hicks hit .266/.372/.475 with 15 HR and 52 RBI, all career highs, in 301 at-bats. He'll be looking to improve on durability as he's never had more than 352 at-bats in a season throughout his career.
The Yankees have reloaded from an unexpectedly successful 2017. They lost in game 7 of the ALCS to the Astros and Hicks is ready to go again in 2018.
"We want to be the team that when we walk into the stadium, we want to prove that we're the best," Hicks said. "In order to do that, you have to win ball games. Having a target on your back really doesn't matter 'til you start winning games. That's what we did last year."
The Yankees' first spring training on Friday, February 23, at 1:05 p.m.