With free company approaching, Brian Cashman may have quite a few selections relating to a alternative for Aaron Hicks subsequent season.
However the Yankees normal supervisor isn’t relying on his $21 million-a-year outfielder to assist.
After saying Thursday that Hicks will endure Tommy John surgical procedure subsequent week, Cashman didn’t seem assured that Jacoby Ellsbury might assist fill the void. Ellsbury, 36, hasn’t performed in a sport in over two years as a consequence of varied accidents, together with a torn left hip labrum and plantar fasciitis.
“It’s laborious to say based mostly on how issues have performed out,” Cashman mentioned on the Yankees’ end-of-season press convention. “Proper now he’s not somebody ready health-wise the place I can reply something within the affirmative.”
Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million contact earlier than the 2014 season, could be purchased out of his contract for $5 million after the 2020 season.