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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.

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