Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
Actually, his walk rate isn't that low. It's over 10% of his ABs. It was even higher in 2002 when he was having good success, but it has declined each of the past two years. It looks like someone in Toronto has been putting "be aggressive" ideas into his head -- the same kind of ideas that blitzed Adam Dunn's 2003 season. The same kind of ideas that Chris Chambliss helped Dunn overcome this season.
I think Hinske has good upside, and I'd like to see this deal happen. The only problem is that he is a LH bat, which the Reds have in abundance.
If Graves is involved, I'd do this deal in a heartbeat.
Good points all, though the Yankees have shown over the past 85 years that you never can have too many LH hitters in your lineup.
I like Hinkse and agree that he'd be an easy shine-up for Chambliss. If it's Graves going the other way in the deal, then that eliminates my salary concerns. In that case I wouldn't worry about the long-term cost of Hinske's contract because he'll be easy to move if he plays well.