Eric Hinske, Diamondbacks agree to 1-year deal

Free agent Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract

with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

While the deal was not announced, Diamondbacks manager Kirk

Gibson discussed it at the winter meetings.

”Just a veteran guy, left-handed bat, mostly thinking about

bench for him,” Gibson said. ”He’s got experience, understands

how to read people, a little first base probably, but he probably

could go third or outfield in a pinch in an extra-inning game. His

mentality is somewhat one that I can relate to, very intense. I

like that.”

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Hinske spent the last

three years with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .197 with two homers

and 13 RBIs in 132 at-bats this year, seeing time at first base,

left field and right field.

”We were not very good in late or in-close leverage

situations,” Gibson said. ”And I think as you analyze that,

that’s a lot of mentality involved in that, and you have to develop

a certain approach in those situations and trust it. And I’ve

watched him over his career, and I think he’s a guy that can help

us as a team, as well.”