Red Sox

Why the new contract signed by Aaron Hicks isn’t likely to impact Jackie Bradley Jr. anytime soon

(Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When it comes to contracts in baseball, very few happen in a vacuum.

When one deal signed, there is almost always a corollary that can be made.

Case in point: the contract reached Monday by Aaron Hicks and the New York Yankees.

Hicks and the Yankees agreed to a seven-year, $70-million contract extension which will keep Hicks off the free agent market next winter. He was entering his final season of control by the Yankees.

Without a doubt, the deal will have some ramifications for Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who will be eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.