The Pirates have come to an agreement with free agent utility player Eric Hinske. Dejan reports that the deal is worth $1.5 million, with incentives that could add an additional $1 million. FanGraphs had Hinske at a value of 2 wins in 2008, a performance that would be worth $8.8 million in free agency. I doubt Hinske will match that output again this season, but he should produce enough to make his contract a good value. A nice signing for the Pirates.
The contract should be officially announced tomorrow, after Hinske passes a physical. No word on how this signing will affect the already full 40-man roster.