Braves Re-Sign Eric Hinske

6:22pm: The deal will pay Hinske $1.35MM in 2011. The Braves will then choose between a $1.5MM club option for 2012 and a $100K buyout, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (on Twitter).

4:31pm: Hinske will earn $1.45MM, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter).

1:42pm: The Braves re-signed utility man Eric Hinske to a one-year deal with an option, tweets David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the deal includes lots of plate appearance incentives.  Hinske chose between offers from the Braves and his hometown Brewers, apparently not finding the guaranteed two years he sought.

Hinske, 33, hit .256/.338/.456 with 11 home runs in 320 plate appearances this year.  He logged innings at left field and first base, and has also played right field and third base in his career.  He's a left-handed hitter who has been shielded from southpaws by his managers in recent years.

I'm surprised Hinske's agent couldn't find him a two-year guarantee, with recent comparables Geoff Blum and Ross Gload.  But perhaps he only had interest in playing for the Braves or Brewers, limiting his leverage.


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77 Comments on "Braves Re-Sign Eric Hinske"


patburn
4 years 9 months ago

score!

4 years 9 months ago

This means clutch hits when it comes down to the wire, like we saw in the division series.

4 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t have made the playoffs without Hinske, that really says all that needs to be said.

T Morgan
4 years 9 months ago

And we will be back in the play-offs again.. Hinske is the good luck charm!

MLB_in_the_Know
4 years 9 months ago

Really glad to have him back.

BraveNewWorld
4 years 9 months ago

GOOOOOOOD signing

4 years 9 months ago

I’m so happy Eric is coming back to the Braves. We need him off the bench.

4 years 9 months ago

Man…I love this guy, so sad he didnt go with the D’Backs

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

YES! It’s just sad Diaz won’t be back. I wish Prado could play center so we could keep Diaz/Hinske in LF, despite the defense. I love those 2 guys.

inkstainedscribe
4 years 9 months ago

With Burrell re-signing for $1 million, you just can’t see the Braves offering Diaz $2.5 mm+. That’s too bad, and he may have to take a pay cut to stay in Atlanta (after being non-tendered).

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think he’d want to come back to Atlanta. He won’t be getting any playing time behind Prado and Heyward, and even behind that, he’d platoon with Hinske.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 9 months ago

Diaz or Hinske would come in when Prado goes to the INF to back the guys up, so I see a lot of playing time. Either that or be a threat on the bench. 2 mill is the max i’d pay and Diaz could get a platoon role elsewhere.

csg
4 years 9 months ago

Diaz isnt gone just yet. Braves are going to nontender him, but they still can resign him for the same salary if they choose. They would be wise to bring him back and make Mather compete for a spot instead of just handing him one. They may have to move KK in order to have enough cash though

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

$1.5 million or so is what Braves probably wanna pay Diaz.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

The best signing of the offseason.

4 years 9 months ago

Hell yeah. Glad to have him back.

4 years 9 months ago

He won’t make for much of a backup first baseman. I don’t like the idea of throwing Freeman out there full-time just yet, would like to see someone else get some PA’s against tough lefties……and obviously that’s not going to be Hinske. Prado has played a little 1B in his career, and I suppose Mather is an option….

Anyway, good signing. Still think they need to work with David Ross at 1B this offseason/spring. Dude has led the team in OPS the last two years, he deserves more PA’s and the Braves generally struggle against lefties, so I think it could work as long as he’s not horrible defensively….

roberty
4 years 9 months ago

If the Braves wanted to use Ross for anything besides a backup catcher they would need to have another catcher on the roster in case McCann needs to come out of a game for unexpected reasons. It’s too bad because he is a great hitter and it would be nice to get him in there in big pinch hit situations but the risk of being left to finish a game with no catcher is too great.

Yucavich
4 years 9 months ago

If McCann needs to come out of the game, just slide Ross from 1B to C and bring Freeman in..no problem with that.

I like the idea of Ross getting some AB’s at 1B.

Brad426
4 years 9 months ago

Exactly. Ross is wasted at the end of games right now, so it would be great to have him be able to play another position. Let’s the Braves fill that last bench spot with a defensive-minded guy, too.

erm016
4 years 9 months ago

Good to hear. Glad he’s back. One of my fav players.

4 years 9 months ago

How much was the contract for?

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

It hasn’t been released yet.

generalbocephus
4 years 9 months ago

Frank Wren getting it done this offseason. Bring in a veteran reliever to support the backend of the pen and the Bravos are set.

worship1
4 years 9 months ago

Braves still need an outfielder. Mclouth starting? come on…we sent him to the minors last year because he was not performing. also chipper is not going to play everyday.
so prado goes to third. I guess Hinske is the left fielder then?
We still need an outfielder. (and stop saying Mather. that guy sucks and probably wont even make the team after he bats .200 in spring training…

4 years 9 months ago

Braves don’t really ‘need’ another outfielder, considering they made the playoffs last year with a worse outfield than they’ll have in 2011. McLouth can’t possibly be any worse and his production after being called back up earns him a decent chance of being the every-day guy. Matt Young will get a long look in ST as well. Right now the outfield options are Heyward, McLouth, Hinske, Prado, Mather, and Young. I can see Wren going after a guy like Gwynn Jr for his defense, which is probably a good idea even if McLouth is able to bounce back at the plate.

Brad426
4 years 9 months ago

Then make Diory the infield utility guy over Conrad and you have solid defense off the bench. Otherwise you have nobody to back up SS.

inkstainedscribe
4 years 9 months ago

I think Wren understands the concept of sunk costs. So if it looks as if McLouth really isn’t a big league hitter, there’s no reason for the Braves to not give someone else a shot at his ABs (perhaps one of the guys they just signed to minor-league deals, or someone like a Gwynn Jr., as you suggest.)

The Braves have to pay McLouth’s full contract, like it or not, or get another team to take him and take on some of the money. But they’re under no obligation to give McLouth playing time if he can’t do the job.

4 years 9 months ago

How about Tony Gwynn Jr., who was non-tendered? Good speed and D.

Brad426
4 years 9 months ago

Perfect fit for what they need, I think.

Faceman937
4 years 9 months ago

I think we are more likely to get Hairston. We need a RH batter not another Lefty. However, Gwynn would be a cheap solution too!

4 years 9 months ago

Mather hasn’t shown any reason for us to trust him…Matt Young is my hope if McLouth doesn’t bounce back but I don’t see why we wouldn’t at least give Nate a ST opportunity.

Really really glad Hinske resigned, I’m pretty convinced Matty D isn’t coming back which I find really bothersome. Diaz has been a fantastic force in so many different ways for the Braves until last year but that could happen to anyone with injuries. Either way he still hustled every day and symbolized Bobby’s idea of a big league hitter.

We have plenty of other options though sadly, that money will be spent on relievers which we could definitely use.

GoAwayNow
4 years 9 months ago

I’m fairly certain whatever team Hinske is on (or at least traded to mid-season) is destined to make the playoffs. Good pick up for the Braves, he has his uses.

nitrolew
4 years 9 months ago

Prado, Heyward, Jones, Uggla, McCann, Gonzales, Crawford, Freeman
Hinske, Ross, Conrad, Mather, Diaz and 12 pitchers = World Series. GO GET CRAWFORD, WERTH OR UPTON!

Matrix9381
4 years 9 months ago

the Braves have like 2+/- million to spend. There is no way for them to be able to pick up guys like Crawford, Werth or Upton. UNLESS, Wren is willing to unload a LOT of farmhands. I doubt that happening. If the Braves could get rid of KK which they are trying to do because his 6.65mil is killing us. They had 2 teams interested and 1 was willing to take half his contract leaving the braves 3 mil to add and have around 6 mil. Wren already said with what money left he is lookin for a veteran releiver to help out Kimbriel and others so.. Best bet would be Tony Gwynn Jr.

4 years 9 months ago

we have more than 2+/- million. With Wagner and Saito coming off the books, that’s 10.8 million there. PLUS, Glaus’ contract is gone (another 1 million). Add in Uggla’s salary and now this and there’s around 6 million to play with. However, I keep hearing that Liberty will up the payroll a bit.

Matrix9381
4 years 9 months ago

I understand and agree with everything you said, BUT… the 13.8 million total from Saito, Wagner, DIAZ now and Glaus. Remember you still have to pay Uggla 10 million this year. I’m hoping I got that right.. If this is not true then I’m missunderstanding something somewhere and please correct me. This is where I come up with the 2 +/- to play with. I heard the same about Liberty beefing the payroll up too. I hope they do. We really do need a Legitimate leadoff guy (not to say Prado isnt a legitimate leadoff guy) But I would rather see him hit with a guy on base already.

rob9earl
4 years 9 months ago

Crawford and Werth are free agents so not sure how you think we can get them. We don’t have a Yankee budget. Upton would be a possibility if we made a trade with Tampa Bay.

ATL_Mindset
4 years 9 months ago

Bench bat/ back-up CF?