Center field-Aaron Hicks
Some of you might consider Hicks to be a lock to start for the Yankees in 2019. We think he’s very likely to keep hold of his position in center field, but it’s not a complete certainty.
For example, Hicks could lose his starting position to a prominent free agent like Bryce Harper. It’s also possible the Yankees might try to swing a trade for a younger, more dynamic center fielder.
None of this means Hicks isn’t a good player. He enjoyed a very productive 2018 campaign. He posted an impressive WAR of 4.7 despite only hitting .248 at the plate. He made up for his lack of average by drawing a ton of walks. His OBP of .366 is a better indication of what he gives the Yankees at the plate.
It’s still possible Cashman wants to have a great, not good center fielder patrolling the vast expanses of Yankee Stadium’s outfield. It’s highly unlikely Hicks is going to reach that lofty standard during his career. He just isn’t the sort of star who’s going to carry this team to a 28th World Series title.
With all that being said, he’s still an above average starter in center field. The odds of Cashman acquiring an upgrade are pretty small. Hicks isn’t totally safe, but he should like his chances at starting for the Yankees on Opening Day.