One more member of the championship Yankees has signed elsewhere. Corner outfielder and infielder Eric Hinske has signed with the Atlanta Braves.
The Yankees landed Hinske in June for a pair of minor leaguers, most notably Casey Erickson, who’s not exactly a highly touted prospect but has put up good numbers. With the Yankees, Hinske didn’t hit for average (.212) or get on base at a very good clip (.316 OBP) but he did hit some homers. In just 84 Yankees at-bats, Hinske had seven homers.
Before coming to the Yankees he had one home run in 106 at-bats with the Pirates.
If he made any sense for the Yankees in 2010, it was as a fourth or fifth outfielder who could occasionally give Alex Rodriguez a day off at third and come off the bench to face lefties.
Obviously the big news of the day will be the 2010 Hall of Fame class. The announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. My guess is that Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Barry Larkin will get in. Maybe Andre Dawson and Tim Raines as well. I think Edgar Martinez will get in at some point, but I don’t think it will happen this year. That is, of course, a very uneducated guess.