Dec
07

Eric Hinske helped Yankees sign Brian McCann

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Via Andy McCullough: The Yankees hired former Yankee Eric Hinske as a pro scout after the season, and he helped the team woo Brian McCann to New York. “He was here, he was involved” said Brian Cashman of Hinske. “He helped me with Brian McCann … because he played with Brian. So I appreciate Eric Hinske giving Brian McCann a lot of good advice about his experience here with the Yankees. He was a great resource for about 30 days.”

Hinske, 36, was with the team for “about the month” before leaving to join the Cubs as their first base coach. You probably remember him as a member of the 2009 World Series team after being acquired from the Pirates at midseason. Hinske actually played for the Diamondbacks this past season, but he was terrible (49 wRC+) and decided to retire after being released in July. Long before he helped the Yankees land McCann, Hinske advised Evan Longoria to sign long-term with the Rays. Sounds like he might have a future in a front office.

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  • CashmanNinja

    I’m glad Hinske got some recognition. I really liked him in his brief stint in Pinstripes.

    • Barney g

      Him and j hey were perfect

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    In “a” front office, for sure.

  • Bob Buttons

    Now if he does anything for the Os he’d complete the AL East tour.

  • vicki

    human good-luck charm.

    • Wil Nieves #1

      Haha seriously. Between the World Series appearances and the contracts, this guy is the ultimate good luck charm of baseball.

      • Cacique

        Where Hinske goes the champagne flows!

  • nycsportzfan

    Didn’t Hinske win Rookie of the Yr before?

    • forensic

      Yup, and then showed up to ST the next season looking like he ate the trophy and never had a better season than his rookie year again.

      • Steve D Fl

        funny

    • Angelo

      A long time ago for Toronto, I believe. Well, not that long ago…

  • meowmix

    if he was really FO material, he would have advised Longoria not to sign that contract. Longoria would be a lot richer now if he didn’t.

    • Steve D Fl

      good point.

    • house261

      You’re thinking of an agent. If he had a future as an agent he would have advised Longoria not to take the contract. Front Office-wise, it was great for TB getting him to sign that.

    • Havok9120

      You have that backwards.

  • D

    The Yankees should tell Eduardo Nunez his days as an infielder are over and he’s being moved to LF then hire Rickey Henderson to teach him how to play LF and steal bases.

    Nunez already has three tools for Rickey to work with:

    1. Speed.

    2. Stolen base ability: 48 stolen bases in 59 attempts (just over 75% success rate.)

    3. Contact: 51 strikeouts in 2013 but only double that in 827 career plate appearances.

    • Kosmo

      I really don´t see the point moving Nunez to LF. A .260 hitter with very little on base skills and a career OPS+ of 86. Why would the FO want Nunez playing LF ?. If he hit .275 with a decent OBP and some pop I could see experimenting. He´ll be 27 next year , after 4 years he´s accummulated a negative net WAR. At this time I see him more as a trade piece.

  • http://rab.com Michael Cutler

    Gardner, Bencentes,phelps and romine for PABLO SANDOVAL and a reliever!
    MIKE AXISA how ya feel about it?

    • Jorge Axisa (the rarely spoken-of editor)

      I say you’re overpaying for the panda and could get him for half that package. Not doing Gardner for Panda.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      who’s Bencentes?

      • http://rab.com Michael Cutler

        haha Betances

  • fred robbins

    Nunez should be given the chance to play 3rd. He has the reflexes and the action there is too fast for him to have time to think and he will make fewer errors there and find his confidence and his game. The Yankees are a delusional bunch to even think that Jeter will be their best bet as shortstop. That is killing their team right there. Jeter should have been retired and kept as a bench coach and let him have his salary.

    The Yankees watched Doug Fister and Kazmir get traded right in front of their eyes– because the Yankee management really has no clue what they are doing. They watched the Tigers get Nathan, just like they watched the Tigets get Tori Hunter last year as they choose Vernon Wells and Ichiro…. how in the world does anyone with a brain make this choice? Cash should have been fired for that alone as there was just no excuse.
    This is a messed up team with no future and no plan going forward.
    fred

    • Rick

      Kazmir got traded? Who knew.

  • fred robbins

    Nunez should be given the chance to play 3rd. He has the reflexes and the action there is too fast for him to have time to think and he will make fewer errors there and find his confidence and his game. The Yankees are a delusional bunch to even think that Jeter will be their best bet as shortstop. That is killing their team right there. Jeter should have been retired and kept as a bench coach and let him have his salary.

    The Yankees watched the Tigets get Tori Hunter last year as they choose Vernon Wells and Ichiro…. how in the world does anyone with a brain make this choice? Cash should have been fired for that alone as there was just no excuse.
    This is a messed up team with no future and no plan going forward.
    fred

  • PunkPitch

    Hoping Cashman is ready to deal at the winter meeting. Astros are a great potential trade partner. How about Jose Altuve or one of their elite SS prospects for Gary Sanchez, plus a few B prospects? With Castro entering Free Agency next year, maybe the stros would be titilated.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      Altuve? And giving up top prospects? He’s a young Eduardo Nunez that had half decent stats in his rookie year and didn’t even have an OPS above .700 last season. Also he’s average on defense at best.

      Sry, I’d just keep Nunez or sign somebody like Ellis instead of giving up something of value for Altuve.

      Also don’t see them dealing prospects for prospects and the Yanks shouldn’t do that either. If you trade your best prospect then trade them for somebody who’s shown he can do it in the bigs.

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