OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics sent shortstop Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets for cash considerations, the team announced Monday. Hicks, 27, was designated for assignment on November 20, to make room on the 40-man roster for certain players the team wanted to protect in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Hicks batted .172 with three homers in 22 games with the A's, and belted 18 homers and 61 RBIs with the River Cats. The A's don't have a starting shortstop at the moment, but Hicks wasn't going to be the solution to that issue. He did provide some pop off the bench, though. Of his 11 hits for Oakland last season, eight were for extra bases. Many fans will remember Hicks for his July 18, walk-off home run to defeat the Texas Rangers. It was his first Major League home run and he was rewarded for his efforts with a post game pie on the field and in the clubhouse while speaking with the media. It was the A's ninth walk-off win. Hicks was claimed off waivers by Oakland from Atlanta on March 13. In 55 career games he is a .155 hitter.
NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.
T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.
Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.
Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.
Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.
"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.
Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.
"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."
After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.
After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.
The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”
Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland.
“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”
Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin.
“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”
Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.