01/06/10 1:43 PM EST
Braves come to terms on deal with Hinske
Veteran can play corner outfield and infield positions
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
It appears that the process has been completed with the signing of Eric Hinske, who is expected to primarily be used off the bench.
A Major League source confirmed on Tuesday night that Hinske has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Braves. The contract is pending a physical, which will be performed sometime this week.
Hinske combined to hit .242 with eight homers and a .780 OPS in 190 at-bats with the Pirates and Yankees this past season. The 32-year-old veteran has been a member of each of the past three American League teams that competed in the World Series.
While hitting .247 with 20 homers for the Rays in 2008, Hinske made 84 of his 115 starts as an outfielder. Not only does he have the ability to play both corner outfield positions, Hinske could serve as a backup for Glaus or third baseman Chipper Jones.
Hinske provides the Braves the left-handed bat that they were seeking to add to their bench. In 124 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter, he has hit .255 with a .744 OPS. He hit .300 with three doubles and seven walks in 38 pinch-hit plate appearances in 2009.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.