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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/19

Aaron Hicks gets 7-year extension; Andy Pettitte back with the Yankees; Justus Sheffield impresses in M’s debut; Is a Dellin Betances extension next?; Troy Tulowitzki homers in debut

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ESPN | Coley Harvey: Aaron Hicks got paid. The Yankees’ center fielder signed a 7-year deal worth $70 million yesterday. The deal is definitely a steal for the Yankees, as $10 million AAV is way below market value for a player of Hicks’ caliber.

NY Post | Ken Davidoff: Andy Pettitte is once again a member of the Yankees, but this time he’s taking on the role of Special Advisor to the General Manager. Pettitte apparently turned down an a similar role in Derek Jeter’s administration down in Miami. Rest assured Second Baptist School baseball fans, the Special Advisor role is not expected to interfere with Pettitte’s duties as the Eagles’ Pitching Coach. | Brendan Kuty: In former-Yankee prospect news, Justus Sheffield made his Mariners debut on Sunday. Apparently, Sheff had his whole arsenal working on his way to striking out four in two scoreless innings. He’s going to need a few more strong outings too. Sheffield is currently listed as sixth on the Mariners’ starting pitching depth chart.

In the wake of the Aaron Hicks news, Jack Curry hinted at a possible extension for Dellin Betances:

In case you missed it, the Yankees had their spring training home opener yesterday. James Paxton, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton all made their debuts. Tulo homered in his first at-bat. Go check out Jake’s recap for the video.