Some actual baseball news...its apparently a two horse race for Eric Hinske, between the Braves and the Brewers. The Brewers? Really? Apparently Hinske lives in Wisconsin, so that's got something to do with it. The Braves offer was in the range of $1.5 million. I'd love to have Hinske back, but I'm not really going to freak out if he ends up leaving. It'll be a shame, but that's how the cookie crumbles. At the end of the day, he's still a bench player. A very effective, popular bench player, but a bench player nonetheless. Nothing worth losing any sleep over. The big sticking point is that Hinske wants two years instead of one. Bench players can be notoriously fickle, but if David Ross can get two years, I think Hinske can get two years from the Braves. Make it happen!
The Braves declined to offer arbitration to all of their arb-eligible free agents. Those guys are Derrek Lee, Rick Ankiel, Kyle Farnsworth, Troy Glaus, and Hinske. Lee was the only one who could bring in a compensatory draft pick, as a type A free agent. So it looks like the Braves will only have one first round pick this coming June, unless Frank Wren goes bonkers and signs a big name on the market and loses the pick. That's highly unlikely, however. Out of those 5, the only one I could see coming back is Hinske. MAYBE Farnsworth on a one year, low money deal. Glaus, Lee, and Ankiel are gone with the wind. If Freddie Freeman weren't here, I would have liked to see Lee come back. He had a great 2 months with the Braves, regardless of what the haters say.
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