Rays add INF/OF Hinske
The Rays signed INF/OF Eric Hinske to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Hinkse, 30, spent last season in a reserve role with Boston (hitting .204 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs) after playing the five previous seasons with the Blue Jays. Hinske, the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year, has a career .255 average with 85 home runs and 339 RBIs in 770 big-league games.
Hinske would provide the Rays with an additional lefthanded hitting option, and provide depth in case of injury, at first base, the corner outfield and DH spots, and could be another alternative at third base if prospect Evan Longoria is not deemed ready for the opening day roster.
Hinske will make $800,000 if he is in the majors.