Not long after it was announced that the Atlanta Braves would not bring Matt Diaz back for next season, the news came through that the Braves re-signed Eric Hinske, as he decided to return to Atlanta rather than take the Milwaukee Brewers' offer.
According to David O'Brien, the deal is for one year with an option for a second year. It also includes incentives based on plate appearances. The deal is worth $1.45 million, a slight raise from the $1 million he made in 2010.
Hinske had 320 plate appearances for the Braves in 2010 between left field, first base and off the bench. He hit .256/.338/.456 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI. An isolated power of .199 provided punch in an area where the Braves sorely lacked, and he maintained a BB% of 10.3%, while recording a wOBA of .341. Hinske is very valuable as a left-handed hitter off the bench, and he will more than likely get most of his cuts in that form as Martin Prado takes over in left field.