Braves sign Hinske, let Diaz go

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Atlanta - The Atlanta Braves on Thursday signed veteran utilityman Eric Hinske to a one-year contract but chose not to tender a contract to infielder Matt Diaz.

Atlanta signed the nine-year pro to a $1.45 million contract which includes an option for the 2012 season.

The 33-year-old hit .256 with 11 homers, 21 doubles and drove in 51 runs over 131 games last season with the Braves. In 1,127 games with the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Pirates, Yankees and Braves, the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year has racked up a .254 average, 124 homers, 475 RBI with 220 doubles and 514 runs scored.

Diaz, on the other hand, has finished a five-year run with the Braves after being notified he was the only arbitration-eligible player that would not have a contract offered to him.

He hit .250 with seven homers and 31 RBI in 84 games last year while earning $2.55 million. Since coming to Atlanta from Kansas City in 2006, the Florida State product has batted .305 with 41 homers, 180 RBI and 73 doubles in 511 games with the franchise.


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