Aaron Hicks will not play winter ball after struggling most of 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite numerous offers including one in Puerto Rico, it doesn't look like Minnesota Twins centerfielder Aaron Hicks will play winterball, a source with direct knowledge told 1500ESPN Tuesday.
The source said that Hicks will spend the winter stateside, and take time to clear his mind from a season in which he struggled mightily. The season was not only rough for Hicks with the Twins (.192/.259/.338 with eight home runs) but also at Triple-A (.222/.317/.333 with no home runs and only six extra-base hits).
Time off may be preferable to the 40-50 plate appearances Hicks would have gotten against questionable competition.
Hicks is still well-regarded in Twins circles, per recent discussions with Twins general manager Terry Ryan.