Dejan reported earlier today that the Pirates have contacted Luis Gonzalez’s agent. However, according to Jenifer Langosch, Gonzalez is a backup plan for the Pirates, as their focus is on Eric Hinske. (Dejan is also reporting the Pirates’ interest in Hinske) I have no desire to see Gonzalez in a Pirate uniform, as his numbers have been declining steadily for several years. He still has a quality approach at the plate and would be a better option than Craig Monroe, but he is at the end of his career. CHONE projects him to have a wOBA of.315.
I would welcome the signing of Hinske, though. Hinske has been a pretty solid hitter the past few years, and CHONE has him at a .335 wOBA in 2009. He was above average in the outfield in 2008 (according to UZR), although CHONE projects him at -11 runs in a corner outfield spot this season. Hinske can also play an adequate corner infield. Not to mention he is ten years younger than Gonzalez. Hinske could provide some value, and I would probably prefer to see him play left over Nyjer Morgan.