Eric Hinske expected to retire after Diamondbacks release

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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.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.