August 17, 2006

Sox Get Eric Hinske, Carlos Pena

Michael Silverman of the Herald reports that the Red Sox have traded for left-handed hitter Eric Hinske.

In 197 at-bats, Hinske is hitting .264/.353/.513. Boston will send a minor league player to the Blue Jays and pay approximately $1.4 million remaining on Hinske's contract this year (but pay only half of his $5.6 salary for 2007).

David Heuschkel points out:
Hinske's production has decreased since he was 2002 American League rookie of the year, posting career highs in homers (24), RBI (84) and batting average (.279). He hasn't hit more than 15 homers or driven in more than 69 runs since.
The Red Sox also signed minor league first baseman Carlos Pena. Another good option for the September bench.


stefan said...

Heuschkel should look at rates instead of overall numbers. Hinske's having a more than solid year this year, 264/353/513, with 12 HRs in only 200 at-bats. If he'd been playing the whole year he might not be too far off his rookie pace.

Notably, he's been killing RHP this year, 294/376/575. He's a good add.

Zenslinger said...

Wonder if they will find room for him on the current roster or just wait until they expand.