Quick Hits: Abreu, Thornton, Hicks

The Mets have announced that they will promote former star outfielder Bobby Abreu from Triple-A Las Vegas tomorrow. Abreu is 40 and hasn't played in the big leagues since 2012, which he spent with the Angels and Dodgers. But he made a good impression in Vegas, hitting .412/.500/.529 in 40 plate appearances there, and the Mets have space for a left-handed bench player after trading Ike Davis to the Pirates. As Newsday's Marc Carig tweets, that means the Mets' active roster will include Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Kyle Farnsworth, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde. Here are more notes from around baseball.

  • Zack Thornton, the reliever the Mets acquired (along with a PTBNL) in the Davis trade, made his debut in the Mets organization on Sunday, pitching two innings for Las Vegas against El Paso. Thornton allowed a solo homer to Kyle Blanks, but allowed no other runs while striking out one in two innings. The player to be named is reportedly the "key piece" in the deal.
  • The Twins' decision to claim Sam Fuld could impact Aaron Hicks, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony says the Twins are considering having Hicks get fewer at-bats against righties. If they do, Fuld, a lefty, is a likely candidate to take Hicks' playing time. Hicks is hitting just .179/.299/.214 in 67 plate appearances so far this season.


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11 Comments on "Quick Hits: Abreu, Thornton, Hicks"


Ryan
1 year 4 months ago

I think the Twins need to just let Aaron Hicks play as they aren’t going to contend this year and the Twins need to just let him play and try to figure this out at the Major League Level to determine if he fits the future plans

0vercast
1 year 4 months ago

That’s not a bad idea usually, but they tried that last year, and Hicks got worse as the season went on. His superslump even extended to AAA during the second half of the season.

Tom Bennett
1 year 4 months ago

They gave him 81 games last year and he never got his average even close to .200. The team already has to carry Florimon and can’t really carry Hicks as well. One of them needs to be sent down now. At least Hicks can earn walks and has shown that he can hit real well in the minors. Florimon has absolutely no upside. Oh and we’re currently 1 game out of first so let’s stop all this nonsense how this is a wasted season anyway so just let him play.

Tom Bennett
1 year 4 months ago

They gave him 81 games last year and he never got his average even close to .200. The team already has to carry Florimon and can’t really carry Hicks as well. One of them needs to be sent down now. At least Hicks can earn walks and has shown that he can hit real well in the minors. Florimon has absolutely no upside. Oh and we’re currently 1 game out of first so let’s stop all this nonsense how this is a wasted season anyway so just let him play.

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 4 months ago

Hicks has been flat…out…terrible! If the Twins had any idea that this is what they would be getting from him at the ML level there is NO CHANCE they would have traded Ben Revere. Byron Buxton can’t get get here fast enough!

Unassisted Triple Play
1 year 4 months ago

Oh and they may have considered keeping Denard Span as well although I think Alex Meyer is the real deal so I’m ok with that one.

0vercast
1 year 4 months ago

Denard was getting too expensive so he had to go. Besides, that was a very nice trade for the Twins.

On the other hand, it sure would be nice having Revere leading off right now. I’m not sold on May, and Worley…well.

Let’s not forget Carlos Gomez and how he fits into all of this.

0vercast
1 year 4 months ago

Aside from last season’s Spring Training, Hick’s has been unspeakably awful at the plate. I’ve never seen a guy foul off so many hittable pitches in my life. If the ball is in the core of the strike zone, it’s almost a dead certainty that Hick will foul it off. No joke.

Segal27
1 year 4 months ago

I really like Aaron Hicks and hope he turns it around, he obviously has the talent to do it and be at minimum a really good player.

0vercast
1 year 4 months ago

I can’t understand Aaron Hicks. By all accounts, he’s a stand-up guy and he gives a classy interview, but he looks so disinterested while playing.

Just yesterday, Gardy and Co. had to have a talk with him about it. On today’s broadcast, they said the coaches thought he looked “dazed” on the field on Saturday. “Dazed” is one of the last things I’d like to be described as if I were a ballplayer.

Jeffy25
1 year 4 months ago

Congrats bobby!