Tag:Eric Hinske
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 7:24 pm

Hinske returns to Braves

Eric Hinske Eric Hinske has re-signed with the Braves, tweets David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

Hinske's deal is a one-year deal plus an option, O'Brien reports. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal adds (via Twitter ) that the deal involves "lots" of incentives based on plate appearances.

The Wisconsin native had also been talking with the Brewers, but chose the Braves.

Last season, Hinske, 33, played left field, first base, third base and designated hitter for the Braves, with 50 of his 67 starts coming left. He hit /256/.338/.456 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI in 320 plate appearances last season.

UPDATE: O'Brien tweets Hinske will make $1.35 in 2011 and there's a team option for $1.5 million in 2012 with a $100,000 buyout.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:31 pm

Brewers, Braves in on Hinske

Eric Hinske Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has made an offer to free-agent Eric Hinske, he told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel .

"It's his call, not ours," Melvin said. "We're waiting to hear back from him."

The Braves have reportedly offered Hinske a one-year deal worth $1.5 million to return to Atlanta, where he played left field, first base and third base. He hit .256/.338/.456 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI in 320 plate appearances.

Hinske was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2002, but has never matched the numbers he put up in his first year.

The Braves signed him to a one-year deal worth $1 million last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:26 pm

Brewers, Braves pushing for Hinske

Hinske The Braves have already tendered an offer to utilityman Eric Hinske for one year and $1 million, but Atlanta has some stiff competition.

The Brewers, according to Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown , are in the thick of things as both teams are making a push to get Hinske in the fold immediately.

Hinske is considered a clubhouse presence who also has plenty of experience with success, having won the Rookie of the Year award in 2002 while with Toronto. While that's been the apex of his personal success, he has two World Series rings with the Red Sox (2007) and Yankees (2009) to show for his talent, as well as an AL Championship ring from Tampa Bay in 2008 (yes, he went to the World Series three times in a row) and was also a major factor in Atlanta returning to the postseason this past year in Bobby Cox's final season and with a four-year postseason drought.

It's no wonder, then, that the Braves want Hinske back and other teams see the value of the lefty. Hinske can play first and the outfield corners, and can even fill in at third base, his old position.

The Brewers have no clear backup in the outfield currently, although one of Chris Dickerson, Carlos Gomez and Lorenzo Cain will win the job with the "first loser" grabbing a backup spot. If Milwaukee doesn't woo Hinske away from Atlanta, all three would likely make the squad.

Hinske would be able to backup Prince Fielder as well, and serve as an emergency option for third base behind whoever the primary middle infield backup is. That job will probably be Craig Counsell's again, as the Brewers are known to be negotiating for his return.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 12:16 pm

Braves unsure of bringing back Diaz

Diaz While the Braves want Eric Hinske back and have already sent the utility player an offer, the team is less positive about the future of Matt Diaz, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Diaz is arbitration-eligible, but the Braves won't be willing to give the left fielder a significant raise beyond the $2.5 million earned in 2010. Diaz, for his part, has indicated he will forego arbitration to sign for an amount around $2.5 million, but does Atlanta have any need for the 32-year-old?

The right-hander has been valauble to Atlanta in past years, but hit just .250/.302/.438 in 244 plate appearances in 2010 and seems to have lost what made him a regular starter the last four seasons. Essentially limited to just left-field and playing against left-handers, there may not be enough room on the team for Diaz with Hinske and projected starting left fielder Martin Prado, who is moving off second to make way for Dan Uggla. In addition, the Braves have Joe Mather, recently acquired from the Cardinals, who can play multiple positions.

Diaz seems all but certain to hit the free-agent market, but should find enough interest in his services to get a job with another team, but he will be coming off the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 10:23 pm

Friday evening rumor roundup

Well, this week has kind of been the March of the Hot Stove League season, in like a lion, out like a lamb -- but there is still some action out there. So here's another roundup.

• The four teams on Justin Upston's no-trade list are the A's, Royals, Tigers and Indians. (FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, via Twitter )

• The Diamondbacks have made a two-year, $3 million offer for Japanese starter Hiro Kobayahsi. (NPB Tracker via Twitter )

• The Braves and Dan Uggla are both open to multiyear contract extension. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Braves have made an offer to free agent Eric Hinske. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• The Red Sox are "undecided" whether they will bid for Japanese infielders Tsuyoshi Nishioka. (WEEI.com )

• Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes Bob Engle, the Mariners vice president for international operations, signed both Cy Young Award winners, Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay. He's also got 2005 Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter and 1996 Cy Young-winner Pat Hentgen on his resume.

• The Yankees released reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, who signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. (Star-Ledger )

• There were plenty of 40-man moves on Friday, as teams set their rosters in the deadline for the Rule 5 draft. The most interesting moves belonged to the Pirates, who designated Zach Duke, Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young for assignment. The only other name that really jumped out at me was that the Mariners put Josh Lueke on their 40-man roster. Lueke was part of the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas. In 2009, Lueke plead no contest to charges of false imprisonment with violence after an incident in 2008. Lueke will be a controversial figure if he gets called up to Seattle.

UPDATE: The Pirates tried to negotiate a contract with Duke, who is arbitration-eligible, and also explored a trade. (MLB.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 10:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:09 am

Hinske enters record books

Eric Hinske In the "not that it matters now" category -- Atlanta's Eric Hinske made a little history on Sunday.

According to the Baseball Reference Blog , he was just the third player in postseason history to hit a pinch-hit home run that took his team from behind and into the lead.

The others were Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series against Dennis Eckersley and Ed Sprague in the 1992 World Series off of Jeff Reardon.

Of course, the other way to look at it is he's the first to hit such a home run in a losing effort. I'm pretty sure that unique piece of history is of little comfort the Braves.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:58 pm

Braves lose Prado for the season

Martin Prado The Braves got bad news back from the MRI on Martin Prado -- it revealed he suffered a torn external oblique muscle in addition to a hip pointer. Prado's season is over.

The team announced the results during Tuesday's game. Prado will need two months of complete rest with "zero activity."

Prado suffered the injury Monday night, diving for a ball to rob Dan Uggla of a hit and then aggravated it when he tried to miss a piece of Mike Stanton's broken bat. After a swing in the fifth inning, Prado went down and had to be helped off the field.

Prado had also battled a broken right pinky finger and sore groin this season.

Brooks Conrad started at third base for Prado, whohad moved there in the absence of Chipper Jones, out for the season with a torn ACL. Prado had been the everyday second baseman, but when Jones went down, utility man Omar Infante became the starter at second, moving Prado to third.

"Push comes to shove, [Troy] Glaus can play third  and [Eric] Hinske can actually play over there too a little bit," manager Bobby Cox told reporters (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ). "So we've got to watch pinch-running now with [Diory Hernandez]. We don't really have another guy."

Prado was hitting .307/.350/.459 with 15 homers and 66 RBI for the Braves this season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 7:29 pm

Glaus to get breather

Troy Glaus Troy Glaus is getting a breather, and it's a much-deserved one. The slugging first baseman's .244/.356/.409 line with 14 home runs looks terrible, but over his last 28 days has been at a brutal .183/.330/.225.

If you throw out the month of July, Glaus' numbers look far more befitting a first baseman: .261/.366/.460. Those even include the beginnings of his cold stretch after a hot May that gave him NL player of the month honors.

"We'll get him going," manager Bobby Cox told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . “It’s good for him to sit once in a while. The game becomes a lot easier sitting on the bench.”

Eric Hinske is starting in his place, which may be a more regular occurrence for the utilityman. Rick Ankiel is now in the fold, starting full time in center field. That pushes Melky Cabrera and Matt Diaz into a left-field platoon, freezing Hinske out.

The two-time World Series winner, Hinske, has a .271/.342/.486 mark in 210 at-bats, largely playing against right-handers where his .805 OPS outproduces Glaus' total .730 mark. Still, Cox wasn't biting on any idea of a possible platoon.

“I don’t know," Cox said. It doesn’t matter who Troy hits against, righty, lefty, it doesn’t matter. When he’s hot, he hits anybody.”

The smart money would be on Hinske stealing some at-bats against tough right-handers until Glaus gets healthy. Also, if and when the Braves realize Ankiel can't quite hit left-handers, that may free up some additional at-bats for Hinske, albeit not much.

-- Evan Brunell

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