Hicks signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training.
Arizona appears set to open the upcoming season with Carson Kelly and Stephen Vogt as its two backstops, but the latter's history of concussions makes Hicks a useful option to have in reserve at Triple-A Reno. Hicks played exclusively at the big-league level for Detroit the past two seasons but saw his performance dip in 2019, when he slashed just .210/.240/.379 across 333 plate appearances.
Hicks was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and elected free agency.
The 30-year-old saw inconsistent playing time throughout 2019 as the Tigers opted to give younger players some major-league experience. A change of scenery could help Hicks carve out a more established role, potentially in a more consistent timeshare, although he has shown to have below-average offensive production throughout his career. Hicks struggled at the plate last season, hitting just .210/.240/.379 with a 32.7 percent strikeout rate.
Appearing as a pinch hitter, Hicks hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the ninth inning of the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Hicks hit for Detroit catcher Jake Rogers and popped his 13th home run of the season against stingy Chicago closer Alex Colome, putting the Tigers up 4-2 in a game they'd go on to win 4-3. It was perhaps the highlight of the year for Hicks, who hasn't been particularly effective in general with a .627 OPS while falling into a reserve role with Detroit taking a look at some younger players.
Hicks went 3-for-4 with a walkoff grand slam in an 8-4 extra-innings victory against the Orioles on Saturday.
The 30-year-old had previously had an entire month this season without producing four RBI, so this was quite a productive day for Hicks. It was his first game with a homer to go with four RBI this year, and with two other hits, he raised his season average six points. Hicks is batting .217 with 12 home runs, 32 RBI and 28 runs in 299 at-bats this season.
Hicks (illness) is starting at first base Sunday against the Athletics.
Hicks saw his first game action in a week Saturday when he appeared as a pinch hitter, and he'll return to the lineup for the series finale after being sidelined with the illness. The 30-year-old has a .213/.243/.376 slash line with 11 home runs in 85 games this season.
Hicks (illness) remains out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
Hicks has been battling an illness and hasn't appeared in a game in a week. Jake Rogers will catch Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday.
Hicks (illness) remains on the bench Friday against the Athletics.
Hicks doesn't have a regular role in Detroit, so it's difficult to say if his absence is still due to the illness he was reportedly battling at the start of the week. Regardless of the reason, he hasn't appeared in any capacity since Saturday. Grayson Greiner will be the catcher Friday.
Hicks (illness) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.
As a part-time player, his absence doesn't necessarily mean he is still under the weather. Grayson Greiner will start behind the dish, hitting eighth.
Hicks (illness) will sit again Wednesday in Kansas City.
Hicks was scratched due to illness prior to Monday's game and hasn't appeared since. He doesn't have an everyday role in the Tigers' lineup, though, so it's not clear whether the illness is still bothering him. Jake Rogers will start behind the plate Wednesday.
Hicks (illness) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Hicks was a late scratch Monday with an illness. It's unclear if he's still sick or if he's simply receiving a routine day off. Either way, Grayson Greiner will get the start behind the plate.
Hicks was scratched from the lineup Monday against Minnesota due to illness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Hicks, who owns a strong .893 OPS with four homers over his last 17 games, had been scheduled to start at catcher. Jake Rogers gets the nod in his absence.
Hicks went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 13-5 loss to the Twins.
The 29-year-old is starting to work his way back into the lineup more frequently with Miguel Cabrera (biceps) hurt and Brandon Dixon slumping, and Hicks has responded with three homers in his last seven games. On the year he now has a career-high 11 homers, but his .213/.244/.379 slash line gives him little fantasy value even in deep formats.
Hicks hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat during Thursday's loss to the Astros.
Pinch hitting for Miguel Cabrera in the ninth inning, Hicks gave Detroit its first runs of the night with a two-run homer off Joe Biagini. The long ball was his second in as many games, marking the second time this season that Hicks homered in consecutive contests. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .205/.238/.362 through 281 plate appearances.
Hicks went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Astros.
Hicks' ninth home run of the year was a big one, as he took Houston ace Justin Verlander deep in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie. It was a nice moment in an otherwise forgettable season for the 29-year-old, who is batting just .202 with a .584 OPS.
Hicks will start at catcher and bat sixth Sunday against the Rays.
Hicks has lost work behind the plate to rookie Jake Rogers recently, but the former's ability to handle first-base or designated-hitter duties has helped him maintain steady playing time. He'll stick in the lineup for the sixth time in seven games while Rogers gets a day off behind the plate and serves as Detroit's DH.
Hicks is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Royals.
Jake Rogers started behind the dish in the first two games of the series, but Hicks will take over for the finale. The 35-79 Tigers figure to keep taking a look at the 24-year-old Rogers down the stretch, which relegates the veteran Hicks to more of a backup role.
Hicks started both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader with the White Sox, going a collective 5-for-8 with a double, a walk, two runs and one RBI.
Hicks has settled into a bench role for Detroit in recent weeks, but he benefited from a pair of starts on the same day thanks to manager Ron Gardenhire staggering rests for designated hitter Miguel Cabrera and top backstop Jake Rogers. He'll be out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale and likely won't make more than two or three starts most weeks so long as Rogers remains healthy.
Hicks will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Rangers, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Hicks unseated Bobby Wilson as the Tigers' top backstop toward the end of July, but he's fallen back into the No. 2 role after Detroit called up well-regarded catching prospect Jake Rogers from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the week. Rogers will just be getting a breather Sunday after four consecutive starts, opening up a turn behind the dish for Hicks.
Hicks is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Hicks heads to the bench after a hot start to the series against the Mariners, going 2-for-6 with two home runs over the first two games. Bobby Wilson will start at catcher, batting eighth.
Hicks went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Hicks went deep off Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi in the third inning, extending the Tigers' lead to 2-0 at the time. The catcher has knocked three homers in his last five games, giving him seven for the season. The 29-year-old is hitting a paltry .189/.224/.335 with 18 RBI and 16 runs scored this season, but is still likely to draw most of the starts behind the plate, as Bobby Wilson is hitting only .098 through 14 games.
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