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Why not Eric Hinske?


I know we all want a big name to patroll right field to be the bridge to Heyward, or maybe even Heyward himself, but why not a low-cost platoon to keep his seat warm?  Matt Diaz is a good player, but he can't hit righties that well, so he is best suited for a platoon role.  What we would need is a guy who can hit righties well, and there is one available in Eric Hinske.  He's not the flashiest player around, but he gets the job done. 

 

Here are his stats: <http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/individual_stats_player.jsp?playerID=400134>

 

Notice the power he supplies.  This past year he hit 8 home runs in just 190 at bats.  He can also steal a few bases, too.  He has had double-digit steals four times in his eight-year career.  He can take walks, too, as his .336 career OBP against his .254 average suggests.  And on top of his production, he will come very cheap.  The Pirates signed him for about $850k last offseason, I believe.  And if that isn't enough, he has been to the World Series three straight years.

 

I haven't heard his name mentioned much at all yet, and he is a possible solution.  As I said before, we could platoon him with Diaz until Heyward gets the call, and I think that platoon would be productive.

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