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Diamondbacks sign Eric Hinske to 1-year deal

The veteran corner utility man will likely take a bench role in Phoenix.

Kevin C. Cox

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed corner infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske to a one-year contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

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.