ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have finalized a $1 million, one-year contract with Eric Hinske to bolster their bench.
The 32-year-old Hinske, who can earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses under the deal announced Tuesday, will back up Troy Glaus at first, Chipper Jones at third and serve as the team's top left-handed pinch hitter. Hinske also can play left and right field.
The 2002 AL rookie of the year started last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was traded to the New York Yankees on June 30. He hit a combined .242 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 93 games.
To make room for Hinske on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated Brandon Jones for assignment. The 26-year-old outfielder played in 51 games for Atlanta over the last three seasons, hitting .257 with one homer and 22 RBIs.