The Braves have some competition from Eric Hinske’s home state for the services of his bat off the bench. The Brewers have made an offer to Hinske, in addition to the Braves, GM Doug Melvin confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Tuesday. Terms of the offer were not disclosed. Braves general manager Frank Wren said last week the Braves have made an offer to the 33-year-old bench player, and it is believed to be one year for $1 to $1.5 million.
Hinske is a native of Menasha, WI., which is 100 miles north of Milwaukee. The Brewers are looking for a left-handed bat off the bench. Hinske, who can play either corner infield or outfield spot, hit .256 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 131 games last year for the Braves. He was a popular player in the clubhouse and a veteran presence the Braves hoped to have back on the bench. His Game 3 two-run homer against the Giants in the NLDS would have been the game-winner had the Braves bullpen not given up the lead again in the ninth.