Hinske To Yankees; Rivalry Renewed?
Hinske has been almost on every team in the American League East. From 2002 to 2006 he played for the Blue Jays. From 2006 to 2007 he played for the Red Sox. Last year, Hinske played for the Rays only to be disappointed by losing to the Phillies in the Finals.
Now, Hinske's on the New York Yankees. Could this respark a rivalry, or possibly start a brawl?
Hinske who is a veteran ultilityman will look to help out the Yankees who are trying to make a push for first place. The Yankees are currently three and a half games back of the rival Red Sox, who Hinske used to play for.
With that being said, there's got to be some cold blood here. I'm pretty confident that Hinske will make an impact for the Yankees, since his play style fits perfect.
The trade wasn't that bad at all for the Pirates though. The Pirates acquired $400,000, outfielder Eric Fryer, and pitcher Casey Erickson. Fryer, who is 23 years old, and a former tenth round draft pick, so far has made a minimal impact in Single-A. He's batting .250 with 15 extra-base hits, and 24 RBI's.
On the other hand, Erickson (who is 23, and a tenth round draft pick) is 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 games. Erickson played for the Yankees Single-A program with Fryer, which is located in Tampa Bay.
With the money of the deal, the Pirates have purchased the contract of Triple-A Indianapolis outfielder Garrett Jones. Jones will play Tuesday night, in a home game against the Chicago Cubs.
Jones batted .309 with 12 HR and 48 RBI's in Triple-A. Another interesting fact about Jones is that he is currently second in the International League in total bases. Jones bats and throws left handed, and he actually already played in the MLB once on May 15, 2007 for the Twins.
I expect some big things for this kid, but I'm not sure how long he'll be playing at the MLB level as the Pirates are in the makings of another deal.
The current deal could send the Pirates starting left fielder, Nyjer Morgan, to the Washington Nationals for one hit wonder Lastings Milledge.
Milledge is currently on the DL, so we don't have a ton of information on him this year. Milledge did bat .268 with 14 HR, and 61 RBI's. Milledge used to play for the Mets, and that was originally where he was discovered as a slugger.
I honestly don't think this would be a smart trade for the Pirates. Nyjer is batting .277 with 3 HR, and 29 RBI's. Nyjer is lacking RBI's because for most of the year he has batted lead off, until Andrew McCutchen came up, moving him to the two slot.
The Pirates are already filled with right handed batters, and they don't need another. Also, Milledge has been known to be inconsistent.
DeSean Williamson (Cudi) - VSN Writer
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