Aaron Hicks went from the Yankees to the Orioles after his release.

This switch created an 18-game difference in the AL East standings.

The Orioles are in first place and aiming for the playoffs, while the Yankees are struggling.

The Yankees are paying most of Hicks' contract to play for the Orioles, making it a good deal for them.

Hicks is grateful for the opportunity to play on a winning team.

Several low-payroll teams, including the Orioles, are performing surprisingly well.

The Orioles have a good chance of making the playoffs this year.

The Yankees are facing uncertainty and possible changes in management.

Aaron Judge's injuries have affected the Yankees' season.

Hicks has been a valuable addition to the Orioles' roster, and he harbors no ill feelings toward the Yankees.