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Rumor: Yankees’ stance on futures of Aaron Hicks, Josh Donaldson, revealed

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The New York Yankees may not be done just yet in making moves over the ongoing offseason.

On Sunday, USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale provided updates on multiple offseason-related matters, including just where the Yankees stand on the futures of both Aaron Hicks and Josh Donaldson. Nightengale noted that the reigning AL East champions continue to let teams know that both players are “still very much available.”

Nightengale added that the Yankees are “willing to eat part” of their remaining due salaries. Donaldson is due $21.75 million for the 2023 campaign, and he holds a $16 million team option for the following season that includes an $8 million buyout. On the other hand, Hicks is still under contract with the team for four more years.

The futures of both Donaldson and Hicks have been up in the air as of late. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman did recently offer his stamp of approval to Donaldson by noting that the veteran infielder will “definitely” be the team’s starter at the third base position in the coming season.

For Hicks, Cashman is hoping for a bounce-back year from him.

“He’ll be back and healthy,” Cashman said during his end-of-season press conference in November. “He’s signed under contract. He’ll come back and try to take and earn a position back and a place that we can count on.

“He does have the ability, we just weren’t able to tap into it consistently this past year and I know he was frustrated by that. … He’s a member of this team, and we’re gonna do everything we can to get him healthy and right and get him back on track. Unless something changes there, with discussions elsewhere, but that’s true of anybody on the roster that doesn’t have a no-trade clause.”

Donaldson is coming off of a sluggish 2022 regular season where he posted a .222 batting average and also logged an OPS+ of 94 — his lowest since 2012. Hicks also had an up-and-down year, as he recorded a .216 batting average over 130 games played. His season campaign to an end following the knee injury he suffered during the ALDS against the Cleveland Guardians.

It will be noteworthy to see whether the Yankees will be able to soon find suitors for either of these two veteran sluggers.

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Nish Patel

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