Earlier this week, the Mets acquired INF Brandon Hicks from the A’s for cash considerations.
In a recent post today on Seedlings to Stars, a blog focused on minor leaguers, Aaron Somers writes:
“Hicks may prove to be an interesting candidate for the Mets come Spring Training, as his defensive versatility and power potential make for an intriguing combination (Ben Zobrist, anyone?). He’s yet to put things together… but at 27 years old there is still time for him to develop into a reliable Major Leaguer. He’s expected to compete in Spring Training for the team’s utility infielder role.“
Hicks, 27, hit .172 with three home runs and seven RBI in 64 at-bats for the A’s last season.
He spent most of last season with Triple-A Sacramento where he hit .244 with a .350 OBP, 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 90 games.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
Hicks can play all four infield positions. The Mets need to find depth on the infield, especially at second base and shortstop. Hicks probably won’t be guaranteed a roster spot in camp, but I’m sure he’ll compete with other players next Spring for a spot on the team’s bench. Still, I would like to see the Mets find a more established utility player, like Ronny Cedeno, who is likely to leave as a free agent.