With the Angels lacking left-handed power, Earl Bloom suggests that Eric Hinske is the answer, though his career line of .254/.333/.438 seems to suggest otherwise.

Hinske can play first, third, and some outfield, but the mere fact that he swings the bat from the left side isn’t enough to make him a good signing. We’re under the impression that the Angels already have enough guys who struggle to get on base.

Hinske’s career numbers to this point are strikingly similar to those of Shea Hillenbrand‘s prior to the Angels signing him. The Angels signed Hillenbrand because he was a veteran bat with some “pop.” We all know how that worked out.


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