Found December 04, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
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NASHVILLE Filling a stated need for a veteran corner infielder, the Diamondbacks signed Eric Hinske to a one-year contract Tuesday noon. Hinske, 35, fits about all of general manager Kevin Towers criteria he is a left-handed bat with pop who can play first base and third base and also is versatile enough to take a turn in outfield. He also is considered a quality clubhouse presence on a team that stresses chemistry. The deal will be officially announced when he passes a physical. Hinske came up as a third baseman and was the American League Rookie of the Year with Toronto in 2002, but he's been primarily a reserve first baseman, corner outfielder and pinch-hitter in recent years. He spent the past three seasons in Atlanta -- hitting 11 home runs in 281 at-bats in 2010 and 10 home runs in 236 at-bats in 2011 before tailing off to two home runs and a .197 average in 147 at-bats last season. Hinske is a career .258 hitters against right-handed pitchers, with 113 of his 136 home runs against them. The D-backs remain in conversations about outfielders Justin Upton and Jason Kubel, and some scouts see Kubel as possible fit in Seattle, where he also could be used as a DH. Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
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