Hinske
41-Year-Old 1B
Free Agent
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Eric Hinske does not have an outlook written for the 2018 season.
LEAGUE: Free Agent    BATS: L    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 235 lbs.    DOB: 8/5/1977    College: Arkansas    Drafted: 17th Rd in 1998Show Contract
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Eric Hinske Contract Info:
Signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks in December of 2012.
1BFree Agent  
July 18, 2013
Hinske was released by the Diamondbacks on Thursday and plans to retire, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
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  1. Eric Hinske 2013 Preseason Outlook
    If his 2012 season with the Braves is any indication, Hinske's career may be coming to a close. The 10-year veteran hit just .197 and had a .583 OPS while providing below average defense when he saw the field. His walk rate has been steadily on the decline while his strikeout rate has been on the rise, and he's limited to first base and corner-outfield spots even as a part-time player unable to hit lefties. Now 35, Hinske will serve as a bench option for Arizona after signing a one-year deal with the D-Backs in December.
  2. Eric Hinske 2012 Preseason Outlook
    Hinske will continue to get steady at-bats in a utility role for the Braves. He has a good eye at the plate and decent power, but his batting average is always a risk if he gets significant at-bats since doesn't make great contact. And he did continue a trend of fading in the second half each of the last four seasons (he hit .173 with just two home runs after the All-Star break last year). He'll get time at first base and the outfield, but he's no longer used at third base. He could be a cheap source of power in deeper formats.
  3. Eric Hinske 2011 Preseason Outlook
    While Hinske ended a three-year streak of making the World Series, a bounce-back season with Atlanta may have earned him a shot at a full-time role or at least a meatier platoon role. Hinske has a good eye at the plate and decent power. While he's passable in the outfield and first base, he's best served as a DH or pinch-hitter. One worry is that he's faded in the second half each of the last three seasons (.598 OPS after the All-Star break last year). Outside of that trend, he could offer cheap power in a utility role for the Braves again this season.
  4. Eric Hinske 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Atlanta found the answer to get to the 2010 World Series in signing Hinske, the man who has played in the last three World Series with three different clubs. Realistically though, he faded after the All-Star break for the second straight year (a .208 average) and didn't offer the Yankees much after homering five times in his first seven games. He does still boast some pop in his bat, however, and could be a cheap source of power as a utility player for the Braves.
  5. Eric Hinske 2009 Preseason Outlook
    The Rays may be very interested in bringing Hinske back, depending on whether or not the club signs a right fielder over the winter, and also depending on whether the Rays feel Fernando Perez may be ready for a full-time role. Hinske had a lot to do with the Rays' first-half success, but he hit just .214 in 54 games after the All-Star break.
  6. Eric Hinske 2008 Preseason Outlook
    Hinske is a free agent whose versatility kept him on Boston's roster in 2007. He's mostly a first baseman these days, but can play some corner outfield, too. His upside is a platoon role on some team in 2008.
  7. Eric Hinske 2007 Preseason Outlook
    It's hard to believe that this guy was the American League Rookie of the Year only five short years ago, because he's essentially dropped off the face of the planet since his award-winning 2002 season. The Blue Jays tired of his low output and high strikeout rate in 2006 and essentially gave him away to the Red Sox, a division rival. In Boston, Hinske saw garbage time backing up the corner infield positions and made the occasional outfield appearance. While his batting average and OBP were somewhat promising during the latter portion of 2006, we don't expect him to receive much playing time in 2007 backing up Kevin Youkilis. Look to Hinske only if Youkilis suffers an injury, and even then, don't expect a whole lot from him.
  8. Eric Hinske 2006 Preseason Outlook
    A nice April and May gave some hope that Hinske had finally regained star form, but a terrible June (.132/.264/.211) ended that thought. He's expected to be nothing more than a DH against righties, which should actually help keep his average above .260. If he can do that, it's less of a price to pay for his 15 HR and 10 SB. However, the acquisition of Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay clouds his outlook given the logjam for playing time at the corner infield spots and DH.
  9. Eric Hinske 2005 Preseason Outlook
    Those hoping for a rebound from Hinske after an injury-marred 2003 were greatly disappointed. For the second straight year, he failed to hit .250 or mash more than 15 HR, and his extra-base hits have dropped from 64 to 60 to 41 over the past three seasons. He had a decent stretch in June and July, during which he hit over .300, but he failed to slug over .500 in any month in 2004. Even against righties, he slugged .363 in 402 AB, so the traditional platoon advantages don't exist here either. He's 27 and due to make $13 million over the next three years, so without a ton more production he'll be elsewhere soon.
  10. Eric Hinske 2004 Preseason Outlook
    Injuries ruined Hinske's season, but you'd be wise to not forget about him in 2004. There's still a lot to like, including 45 doubles in 449 at-bats. And 25 steals over the past two seasons are a nice bonus too. Hinske improved against lefties a good bit from his rookie season, so there's real potential for a .280/30/100 season hitting behind some on-base machines.
  11. Eric Hinske 2003 Preseason Outlook
    Quite a rookie season, drawing walks, swatting home runs and stealing 13 bases. He struggled against lefties, and slowed down a bit down the stretch after having played full-time in the Arizona Fall League the winter prior. A repeat performance in 2003 is a reasonable expectation; expecting another step up is unlikely until he can solve lefties and that's going to take some time.
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1BFree Agent  
July 18, 2013
Hinske was released by the Diamondbacks on Thursday and plans to retire, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.
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1BArizona Diamondbacks  
July 7, 2013
Hinske cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Reno, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.
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1BArizona Diamondbacks  
June 28, 2013
Hinske was designated for assignment Friday.
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1BArizona Diamondbacks  
June 25, 2013
Hinske's five-game suspension for his participation in a brawl against the Dodgers earlier this month has been reduced to one outing, which he will serve Tuesday in Washington, FOX Sports reports.
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1BArizona Diamondbacks  
June 14, 2013
Hinske has been suspended five games for leaving the dugout and for his aggressive actions during Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, MLB reports.
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