Braves Sign Eric Hinske

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.


blog comments powered by Disqus