Eric Hinske, Diamondbacks agree to 1-year deal

Updated: December 4, 2012, 10:02 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- 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 like that."

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."


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


MORE MLB HEADLINES

MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM