Twins and Yankees swap Aaron Hicks and John Ryan Murphy

The New York Yankees made their second trade of the day dealing backup catcher John Ryan Murphy to Minnesota in exchange for flashy center fielder Aaron Hicks.

After establishing himself as a speedster with a great glove, Hicks finally started to show some promise at the plate last year, slashing .256/.323/.398 with 11 home runs in 390 plate appearances with the Twins. He also hit .342/.405/.544 in 168 plate appearances with Triple-A Rochester. With Chris Young almost certainly leaving in free agency, the 26-year-old switch hitter will provide depth for the Yankees in the outfield.

Murphy has proven himself to be a solid backup, but that’s about all he will be. The Florida native hit .267/.327/.406 last year in 67 games while also playing plus defense. He’ll slot in behind Kurt Suzuki in Minnesota while either Austin Romine or Gary Sanchez will take over as the Yankees backup.

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