Hicks Dealt to the Mets
Brandon Hicks was traded to the New York Mets today for cash considerations. Hicks had been DFA’s before Thanksgiving. Hicks’ A’s career began last spring when the A’s pulled him off of waivers from Atlanta. In his lone season with Oakland, he appeared in 22 games, posting a .172/.243/.391 slash line in 70 plate appearances with three home runs. He was worth an even 0.0 WAR on the year while drawing walks 8.6% of the time and having a gaudy K% of 44.3%. He fared better at Triple-A Sacramento where put together a .244/.350/.506 slash line good for a .372 wOBA and 119 wRC+ in 383 plate appearances.
Hicks looked pretty high up on the A’s shortstop depth chart just due to a lack of people to fill the role, it said nothing of his talent or lack thereof to be that guy, but now the A’s take another hit at the position. I still don’t have extreme concern as the A’s had a similar predicament (albeit with the easier to fill outfield positions) last offseason and quite quickly turned their deficit into a surplus. This move doesn’t dramatically change the projections for 2013 one iota for either Oakland or the fans in Flushing.