Eric Hinske?

Wasn’t it just the other day that Brian Cashman said the team didn’t need to trade for a bat?  Well he lied, because the Yankees have apparently traded for Eric Hinske

Hinske doesn’t hit for much power these days, but he can play the corners in the infield and outfield.  He is also a lefty bat.  I suspect this means the Yankees will send Ramiro Pena back to the minors and let him play everyday.  That would leave a bench of Cabrera, Hinske, Ransom and Cervelli on most days.

The Yankees didn’t give up much in the way of prospects.  Erickson is in A ball and I believe would need to be added to the 40-man at the end of this year or be subject to the Rule 5.  (Very, very doubtful they would have protcted him)  Fryer was acquired from the Brewers for Chase Wright and hasn’t done much in Tampa.

UPDATE: Joel Sherman has a blog post up with some reasons for the deal and it sounds like Pena is going to the minors.