The Yankees and Aaron Hicks have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $2.8 million deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Hicks, known more for his glove, was a pleasant surprise with his bat in 2017. He set careers highs essentially across the board last season. In 301 at-bats, he hit .266/.372/.475 with 15 HR and 52 RBI. More on the 28-year-old's defensive prowess, he had 12 defensive runs saved in center field and 3 DRS in left.
After taking over the center field job, though, he twice hit the DL with separate oblique strains on each side. Durability is a concern for Hicks, who hasn't had more than 352 at-bats in a season yet in his five-year career.
Hicks is currently slotted as the team's opening day starter in center field, with Brett Gardner in left and either Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton in right.
The Yankees open their season on March 29 against the Blue Jays in Toronto.