The Oakland Athletics have sent shortstop Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets for cash considerations, according to CSN Bay Area. Hicks had previously been designated for assignment on Nov. 20. Hicks was on the team's 40-man roster, but has spent most of his time in triple-A.
Hicks first came up with the Atlanta Braves, who drafted him out of Texas A&M in 2007. He spent 2010 and 2011 with Atlanta before coming to Oakland in 2012. Hicks has 98 career plate appearances, and has struggled mightily with the bat. He is hitting just .133/.204/.289 in the major leagues.
The shortstop did show some power with the triple-A Sacramento last season. Hicks hit .244/.350/.506 with 18 homers, 26 doubles, and three triples in 383 plate appearances with the River Cats. He also showed good patience at the plate, walking 47 times. Hicks flashed some of the same attributes with the A's, with eight extra base hits and six walks in 70 plate appearances.