Hicks was terrible his first year as a Yankee. I credit Hicks's turnaround to the Yankees hitting coaches who figured out the issue and turned him around.
Hicks would have never turned the corner in a Twins uniform.
Spot on. Credit goes to the Yankee FO and coaching staff to have faith in sticking with their trading decision for Hicks in the pressure-cooker NY environment- and to Hick's himself- to trust the Yankee staff to help him get his career closer to tracking his full potential- and overcoming his previous seeming indifference and lack of self-confidence.
This trade had disaster written all over it for the Twins at the time of the transaction. It likely was one of the final nails in the coffin for Ryan's exit. The Twins organization can ill-afford to continue to seemingly mishandle huge talent-laden prospects and hope to stay competitive. If the "Win Now" Yankees can turn on the talent switches with BOTH their top prospects as well as buy-low trade acquisitions, there's no reason that a team with one of the longest developmental timeline schedules, as well as the seemingly-forever team-rebuild phases, better draft slots, etc. can't do at least as well.
To be at their current state, 4-5 years into Buxton's and Sano's MLB careers, given their unlimited potential, is exemplary of an organization that is in serious need of re-evaluation of every aspect of their player analysis and development.
Joyous, fact-based and tireless Twins fan for 40+ years, who unfortunately has been characterized as-
"forcing Twins fans to endure more bitter, baseless, and tiresome cheap shots about the Twins FO."