Legends On Deck

Yankees Trade Murphy To Twins For Hicks



The New York Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason on Wednesday afternoon with the trade of catcher John Ryan Murphy for the acquisition of the  Minnesota Twins’  outfielder Aaron Hicks.

So, what does this mean for both the Yankees and the Twins? Let’s break it down:

  • Murphy made his Major League debut in 2013 and after the loss of Francisco Cervelli last offseason, became a solid option as a  backup to Brian McCann in 2015. In sixty-seven games this season, the 24-year-old hit .277 with three homers and fourteen 14 RBIs and became a reliable option behind the plate for the Yankees.


  • Hicks  will be a good asset for the Yankees’ lineup with his success against left-handed pitchers last season, hitting .307 and six homeruns. The 26 year-old is a solid defensive player capable of playing left, right and center field. In 97 games with the Twins last year he hit .256 with 33 RBIs and 11 homers.


The Murphy/Hicks move wasn’t the only action for the Yankees on Wednesday, GM Brian Cashman also announced that they traded utility infielder Jose Pirela to the San Diego Padres for 20 year-old RHP Ronald Herrera. Pirela was a part of the “Scranton Express” of players who were dealt between Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre and the Bronx throughout the season. The 20-year-old Herrera has spent the last four seasons in the Padres’ Farm System. In 2015 he divided his time between Class A Advanced and Double- A with a combined 8-7 record and a 4.08 ERA in 25 starts.

Bethany Cohen
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