Hicks thanks Twins organization after trade to Yankees
Earlier this week, the Minnesota Twins obtained catcher John Ryan Murphy from the New York Yankees in exchange for dynamic outfielder Aaron Hicks. The trade was made in part to free up some space on the Twins’ roster for talented young prospects such as Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario.
After the deal went down, Hicks went to Twitter to issue a ‘thank-you’ to the Twins, the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2008:
I would like to thank the Twins organization for making me into the player I am today. Truly blessed to grow up in the organization.Article continues below ...
— Aaron Hicks (@AaronHicks31) November 11, 2015
In parts of three seasons of duty with Minnesota, Hicks hit .225/.306/.349 with 20 home runs, 78 RBI while only committing three errors in center field during that span.
The Twins have high hopes for Murphy, whom they see as a candidate to develop into a good-hitting catcher for the future, but dealing away Hicks was a tough decision according to vice president/assistant GM Rob Antony (as quoted by MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger on Twitter):
Rob Antony on Aaron Hicks: “It was tough to part with him because he started to turn the corner last year, especially maturity-wise.”
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) November 11, 2015
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 11, 2015