Mets acquire Brandon Hicks for cash

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Hicks could win a roster spot out of spring training and become a utility player for the Mets in 2013.

The Mets have acquired infielder Brandon Hicks from the Athletics, according to a report from Jon Morosi. An undisclosed amount of cash has been sent to Oakland in exchange for the 27-year-old utility-man.

Hicks came up with the Atlanta Braves and was once viewed as a quality shortstop prospect. He hit well in the lower levels of the Minor Leagues, although his bat never translated once he began to face tougher competition. He's appeared in 55 major league games with the Braves and A's, batting .133 with a .493 OPS.

This deal is likely one for organizational depth, although Hicks could win a roster spot out of spring training. The Mets would not be able to rely on his bat with any regularity, although he's regarded as a solid fielder who can play all four infield positions in a pinch. Hicks stole 17 bases in 2009 with the Double-A Braves, although he has just one steal in the big leagues.

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