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11/19/10 7:16 PM EST

Braves offer contract to free agent Hinske

ATLANTA -- Braves general manager Frank Wren knows the value that Eric Hinske brought to his club on the field and in the clubhouse this past summer. But it remains to be seen whether he will offer enough to lure the popular veteran utility player back to Atlanta.

Wren revealed on Friday that he has made an offer to Hinske. It's believed to be a one-year offer worth approximately $1.5 million.

Hinske played with a one-year, $1 million contract this past summer. He has told some of his Braves teammates that he would jump at the opportunity to return to Atlanta if he was provided the two-year contract that he is seeking.

Recognizing the inconsistencies realized by many utility players, the Braves might not be willing to provide a two-year offer. But it's obvious that they would like to be reunited with the high-energy veteran, who hit .256 with 11 homers in 281 at-bats this past season.

Wren also said that he still hasn't decided whether he will tender a contract to Matt Diaz, who appears to be the most likely of the club's arbitration-eligible players to be non-tendered.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.