One casualty of last week’s 40 man roster adjustments has found his new destination. After being designated for assignment to clear roster space, Brandon Hicks has been sent to the New York Mets in exchange for some cold hard cash… considerations. This is hardly heart stopping news, but in an offseason that has been rather lacking in the bonafide news department, it qualifies as news.
Hicks doesn’t amount to much more than organizational depth in the long haul, but he’s a good guy to have around, and certainly had a couple strong moments in Oakland. His first came during the Bay Bridge series when he very nearly hit a walk off home run that fell just short of the wall and bounce over for a ground rule double that did cost the A’s the tying run. He did manage to get the ball over the wall against the Texas Rangers though later on in the season for one of the A’s many walk off victories of 2012.
Hicks will likely serve the same role for the New York Mets, and this will probably end up being just another stop around the league for Hicks as he bounces around. He may have played a small role in the Athletics magical season, but every little bit counts. The Mets may not be terribly competitive, but neither were the A’s before 2012, perhaps Brandon Hicks is the catalyst to victory.