Shea Hillenbrand
43-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
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$Agreed to a contract with York of the independent Atlantic League in July of 2008.
Shea Hillenbrand: Seeks MLB Return
1BFree Agent  
November 9, 2008
Hillenbrand hopes to sign with a major league club this winter, the Boston Globe reports.
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"I'm training really hard, working on my hitting and fielding. I feel like I'm only 33 years old and heading into my prime and I feel I can really help a team as a righthanded bat, playing the corners in the infield, DHing," said Hillenbrand. "It was really disheartening for me to be out of the game last year knowing I can still compete and hit like I always have. I hired Gregg Clifton as my new agent and hopefully I can get an opportunity somewhere." Hillenbrand hit .340 with two home runs in 36 games with York in the Atlantic League.
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A career .284 hitter, Hillenbrand hit rock bottom in 2007, batting just .251/.270/.330 in 267 at-bats while spending time with the Angels, Padres and Dodgers. Even at a still-young 32, it would be surprising to see Hillenbrand receive more than a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for 2008. His days of receiving regular at-bats appear done.
Labeled a malcontent after an argument with Toronto management, Hillenbrand was then shipped to San Francisco, where he hit a pedestrian .248/.275/.415. He's a poor defender and doesn't provide the power desired from a corner infielder. With Juan Rivera breaking his leg in December, Hillenbrand will man the DH spot and share first base duties with Casey Kotchman. When Rivera returns, his playing time is less certain.
A .390 average in April fueled most of Hillenbrand's .291 figure for the year, but he has a good track record of bouncing between .290 and .310 every year. He's an established .290-15-80 guy, which has value if you don't expect more. With Lyle Overbay and Troy Glaus now on the Blue Jays, he'll likely spend most of his time at DH, but the crowded corner infield situation clouds his outlook for playing time. He could also be traded before the regular season starts.
Hillenbrand enjoyed maybe his best season as a big leaguer in 2004. He spent most of the year at first base after Richie Sexson went down, but can still play third. The ballpark at Arizona really played to Hillenbrand's strengths as a hitter, but fortunately for him, he was traded to another relatively friendly ballpark. The Jays will use him primarily as their DH, although he could see some starts at first whenever they decide to bench Eric Hinske against a tough lefty.
One of the big questions going into 2003 was whether Hillenbrand's 2002 season was a fluke. He turned out to be just as productive (.789 OPS in 2002, .782 in 2003), and his profile changed a bit with the midseason move to Arizona. Hillenbrand hit 17 home runs in just 85 games with the D-Backs, 11 of those at home. With a full season at third base, Hillenbrand's a legitimate threat to deliver a 30-homer season. Yeah, it'd be nice if Shea could draw two walks a week, but once Scott Rolen is off the board, Hillenbrand might provide as much roto value as any other third baseman in the NL.
Hillenbrand, 27, had a breakout season in 2002, hitting .293 with 18 HR and 83 RBI in 156 games. Sox manager Grady Little vows to rest Hillenbrand more this season as a result of a second half drop in production (5 HR/32 RBI after the break). We're not entirely sold after just one season, so bid warily on him. There's still a shot he could be traded.
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1BFree Agent  
July 1, 2008
Hillenbrand agreed to a contract with York of the independent Atlantic League on Tuesday.
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Shea Hillenbrand: Becomes a Free Agent
1BLos Angeles Dodgers  
October 14, 2007
Hillenbrand opted for free agency on Friday, the Dodgers' official site reports.
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1BLos Angeles Dodgers  
October 4, 2007
Hillenbrand batted .243 in 70 at-bats for the Dodgers after the club picked him up off waivers from the Padres in August as insurance for Nomar Garciaparra (calf injury).
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1BLos Angeles Dodgers  
August 14, 2007
Hillenbrand started at third base and went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk in Tuesday's loss to Houston. He'll likely be the starting third baseman with Nomar Garciaparra on the DL with a calf injury, the L.A. Times reports.
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1BLos Angeles Dodgers  
August 13, 2007
Hillenbrand was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.
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