Arizona released Eric Hinske, who’d previously accepted an assignment to the minors after being dropped from the 40-man roster last month. Hinske went 1-for-18 at Triple-A and wasn’t much better in limited action for the Diamondbacks.
And according to Andrew Simon of MLB.com the 35-year-old former Rookie of the Year is expected to retire after playing 12 seasons for seven different teams.
Hinske never duplicated the success from his award-winning rookie season with the Blue Jays in 2004 and was basically finished as an everyday player at age 30, but managed to stick around as a bench bat with some left-handed power.
If this is indeed the end for Hinske his final numbers include a .249 batting average, 137 homers, and a .762 OPS in 4,310 plate appearances spread over 1,387 games. Plus a bunch of playoff appearances and nearly $22 million in career earnings.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.