Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yankees Acquire Eric Hinske From Pirates

The Yankees jumped into the trade market today picking up Eric Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer, 2 minor leaguers.

At first, I was like, "huh?" Then I remembered that Xavier Nady was done for the year and then it clicked. I'm a fan of the deal. Hinske isn't exactly highly paid so it's not like the Yanks are adding much payroll. Hinske's salary is $1.5 million and the Yankees did receive some cash from the Buccos as part of the deal. And let's face it, the odds that we would have ever heard the names Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer is very, very slim.

The move also gives the Yankees some added flexibility with the lineup. Hinske can play at the corners, both in the infield and in the outfield. He's also got a little pop in his bat also. Last year with the Rays, he hit 21 doubles and had 20 HRs. He bats from the left so he should be able to take advantage of the short porch in Yankee Stadium. It may end up being a perfect fit.

Maybe he's a good luck charm. He played with the Rays in 2008 (AL Champs) and with the Red Sox in 2007 (World Champs). It's not the best trade in the world. It's also not the worst. Low risk, high reward. I can dig it. Welcome aboard.

Peace, love and Pinstripes,