LADY AT THE BAT: Hinkse To Yanks: Bye Bye, Cervelli? Sit Down Swish?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hinkse To Yanks: Bye Bye, Cervelli? Sit Down Swish?

Reports are surfacing that the Pirates' Eric Hinske has been traded to the Yankees for two minor leaguers. Hinske has split time this season in right field, and at first base and third base.

The move seems to indicate that the Yankees are trying to solidify their bench. He would join Ramiro Pena and Cody Ransom as Yankee reserves. Also, with Xavier Nady unlikely to return this season, he could contribute in the outfield as well.

What it could also mean: A demotion for Francisco Cervelli. If both Pena and Ransom are kept on the roster the move could also mean that the Yankees have decided not to carry three catchers when Jose Molina returns, which should be very soon.

Another possibility: Less playing time for Nick Swisher. Swisher is a fan favorite and has a good eye for the strike zone. But there's not much else to his game. I love Swish, but he can be brutal at times. Hinske might be an upgrade.

Welcome to the Bronx, Eric.


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