Tag:Eric Hinske
Posted on: January 5, 2010 9:32 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2010 9:36 pm

Braves add Eric Hinske

The Atlanta Braves made another move toward attempting to beef up their offense Tuesday when they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran infielder Eric Hinske, CBSSports.com has learned.

The contract is pending a physical examination, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. Financial terms were unknown.

Hinske gives the Braves an experienced, left-handed bat off the bench, and he gives them insurance at first base in case Troy Glaus doesn't stay healthy.

Hinske, 32, will also can play third base and the corner outfield spots. He's also something of a good-luck charm: He's played in each of the past three World Series, with the Yankees last fall, Tampa Bay in 2008 and Boston in 2007.

In 93 games with Pittsburgh and the Yankees in 2009, he hit .242 with eight homers and 25 RBI.

Posted on: October 26, 2008 8:02 pm

Hinske in, Floyd out for Rays

PHILADELPHIA -- Tampa Bay removed outfielder/designated hitter Cliff Floyd from its roster and added Eric Hinske before Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Floyd hurt his shoulder diving back into the base in the fourth inning of Game 2 and it's been bothering him ever since.

"It was kind of a concern to us last night (in Game 2)," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We had it all checked out, and thus he's not able to participate. So we've had Eric with us for awhile. Eric has been working first base, third base, left field, right field and pinch-hitter."

Hinske was on the Rays' divisional series roster against the Chicago White Sox, but they removed him for the American League Championship Series against Boston when they went with an extra pitcher and one less bench player.

"He did a great job for us this year," Maddon said. "Look at his numbers -- 20 homers, I think he had 10 stolen bases, played a variety of positions defensively for us."

Hinske hit .247 with 20 homers and 60 RBI for the Rays this season. They added both him and Floyd before the season in hopes that their veteran experience would help the younger players grow and mature. The moves worked wonders.

"We hate losing Cliff," Maddon said. "Cliff has been a big part of what we're doing. He's still going to be here, but (Hinske) has been ready, so we're going to flip him through there and use him in those different roles."

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