The Braves officially signed first baseman/outfielder Eric Hinske to a one-year worth about $1MM. Hinske can earn another $500K in incentives. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com broke the story a week ago, and David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution followed with contract details.
Hinske, the 2002 Rookie Of The Year, hit .242/.348/.432 in 224 plate appearances with the Pirates and Yankees last season. The Braves were looking to add a pinch-hitter to complete their winter moves from a lineup standpoint, and Hinske's signing fits the bill. He fares well against right-handed pitching (.804 career OPS) and can play first, third and both corner outfield positions. Also, as Miller's story noted, Hinske is "something of a good-luck charm," having played in the last three World Series. So, in the words of Bill Murray, he's got that goin' for him.
Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.