The Twins traded one Hicks in order to acquire a catcher. Now they’ve added a catcher named Hicks, too.
John Hicks, a 26-year-old catcher in the Mariners’ organization, was claimed by Minnesota on Wednesday, adding to the team’s depth behind starter Kurt Suzuki and newly acquired John Ryan Murphy. The Twins swapped outfielder Aaron Hicks for Murphy last month.
John Hicks, Seattle’s fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Virginia, batted .245 with six home runs in 83 games with Class AAA Tacoma last season. With a career .280 minor-league average, Hicks made his major-league debut last August, but went only 2-for-32 (.063) in 17 games for the Mariners.
Following Tuesday’s addition of Byung Ho Park, Hicks fills the final open spot on the Twins’ 40-man roster.
In addition to Hicks, the Twins addressed their lack of catching depth earlier this week by signing former Mets and Brewers catcher Juan Centeno to a minor-league contract.