With Xavier Nady done for the year, the Yanks made a good move today, grabbing Eric Hinske from the Pirates. Hinske is a high OBP guy with power who can play corner outfield and infield spots, though not particularly well. I have to wonder if Shelley Duncan couldn’t have given the Yankees something similar, but either way, Hinske fits the bill. With the Yanks finally returning from playing in NL parks, it will be great to have a quality power bat on the bench and will certainly give Girardi a good deal of flexibility late in games.
The move is low-cost, as the Yanks gave up no real valuable prospects, but certainly has the potential for a decent return.