The Pittsburgh Pirates and free-agent infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske are on the verge of a one year contract worth $1.8 million (plus incentives). Hinske, 31, hit .247 with 20 homers and 60 RBIs last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Hinske was the American League Rookie of the Year for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and has reached the World Series the past two seasons (07 Red Sox, 08 Rays)
Hinske can play both infield corner positions and will likely be used as an outfielder/infielder with the Pirates. Hinske was also being pursued by the Padres and Nationals. was the first to report about the Pirates interest in Hinske.
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