Brandon Hicks was designated for assignment by the A’s last week and today he was traded to the Mets for cash. Or, you know, sold.
Ronny Cedeno is a free agent, so the Mets could give Hicks a chance to win the utility infielder job. Oakland claimed the 27-year-old off waivers from Atlanta last spring.
He’s been awful in limited big-league action so far, hitting .133 with 42 strikeouts in 90 at-bats, and is a career .241 hitter in the minors, but Hicks has also shown good power with 43 homers in 271 games at Triple-A.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”