Ex-Braves slugger Eric Hinske to sign with Diamondbacks

Former Atlanta slugger Eric Hinske agreed to a one-year contract with Arizona on Tuesday. He spent the past three years with the Braves.

Free agent Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.


While the deal was not announced, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson discussed it at the winter meetings.

“Just a veteran guy, left-handed bat, mostly thinking about bench for him,” Gibson said. “He’s got experience, understands how to read people, a little first base probably, but he probably could go third or outfield in a pinch in an extra-inning game. His mentality is somewhat one that I can relate to, very intense. I like that.”

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Hinske spent the past three years with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .197 with two homers and 13 RBI in 132 at-bats this year, seeing time at first base, left field and right field.

RED SOX: Free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and Boston completed a three-year deal worth $39 million.

Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBI last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also stole a career-high 39 bases.

A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Victorino turned 32 on Friday. He also had been pursued by the Cleveland Indians, who offered a $44 million, four-year contract.

NATIONALS: Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and Washington are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because no deal was announced.

METS: David Wright and New York finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal in the team’s history.

The contract was agreed to last week, subject to a physical, and the team said Wright planned to discuss it today at the winter meetings.

GIANTS: Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract.

Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said Tuesday night the sides had agreed to a deal, pending a physical.

RANGERS: Injured closer Joakim Soria reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract.

Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3.

RAYS: Acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Miami Marlins for infield prospect and former Georgia Tech star Derek Dietrich.

TRADE: The Houston Astros traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.