Kevin C. Cox
The veteran corner utility man will likely take a bench role in Phoenix.
Sources: #Diamondbacks sign Eric Hinske to one-year contract.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2012
The 35-year-old Hinske spent the past three seasons in a part-time role with the Atlanta Braves, splitting time between first base and left and right field. Hinske hit .236/.315/.407 with 23 home runs in his time with Atlanta, and will likely take on a similar bench role in Phoenix.
The 2002 AL Rookie of the Year has had an 11-year roller-coaster career. After jumping out to a great start, Hinske struggled in his sophomore and junior seasons, and never really got a full-time gig after that.
The lefty slugger bounced around to the Red Sox, Rays, Pirates and Yankees before settling in Atlanta the past three seasons. Hinske is a career .250/.333/.432 hitter in over a decade of big-league ball, though he has not hit close to his career norms since 2010.