These three New York Yankees players are in the most danger of joining Aaron Hicks in the DFA unemployment line next.
The New York Yankees finally decided enough was enough when they designated Aaron Hicks for assignment this weekend. The longtime outfielder who suffered through multiple injuries and even more slumps with the team will go through the paperwork that comes with being DFA’d. The end result will be his release and a trip to the unemployment line.
Hicks won’t be the last of the Yankees players to receive his walking papers. The Yankees roster has a few other players who could eventually join him. Hopefully, they remember to bring their three most recent pay stubs and a picture ID. It may be a while before some of them snag another job, if ever again.
Yankees rumors: 3 DFA candidates who could join Aaron Hicks
NY Yankees candidate to DFA No. 3: Josh Donaldson
The most obvious and similar player on the Yankees roster to Aaron Hicks is Josh Donaldson. Yankees fans could be split between which one they’d rather see gone. Ask most and they’d willingly pay for a second seat in coach for Donaldson to join Hicks.
Donaldson has been injured for much of the season but when healthy with the Yankees this year and last he wasn’t all that productive.
The roster doesn’t have much of a need for Donaldson at the moment when considering his lack of production. DJ LeMahieu is a perfect fit for them at third base. And while not having one of his best seasons, he is a far more favorable choice than Donaldson every day at the hot corner.
Unfortunately, odds are stacked against Donaldson being the next one the Yankees DFA. The big reason for it goes even beyond salary. The Yankees simply don’t have enough other hot bats on the roster. In fact, there are four other players without minor league options currently with the ball club who could be gone before Donaldson.