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
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.”