Pirates sign Hinske

The Pirates have come to an agreement with free agent utility player Eric HinskeDejan reports that the deal is worth $1.5 million, with incentives that could add an additional $1 million.  FanGraphs had Hinske at a value of 2 wins in 2008, a performance that would be worth $8.8 million in free agency.  I doubt Hinske will match that output again this season, but he should produce enough to make his contract a good value.  A nice signing for the Pirates.

The contract should be officially announced tomorrow, after Hinske passes a physical. No word on how this signing will affect the already full 40-man roster.

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Brian Cartwright

He’s probably a better chance to make the team than Monroe, but nothing special.
Is FanGraphs 2 wins based on his 2008 .347 wOBA, or on a projected value, which range from .331 to .338? A power spike in 2008 got him 20 HRs, the most since his rookie year (24), but he only hit .247 – he’s definitely projects well below average for a 1b or of.

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