Mookie4ever wrote:If you did that you would pretty much have to trade Hinske. He was really pissed off at having to sit against lefties for 2 games in Chicago - how do you think that he would react to being a backup to a rookie?
I think that the Jays either have to start Hinske or get rid of him.
No first baseman on earth who's hitting .250/.330/.400 has any right to whine about playing time. Hinske can eat my ass if he feels he warrants playing time over any one of Hillenbrand, Hill, or Koskie.
Having negative trade value, we're better off keeping him as a bench player instead of eating his salary to get rid of him, unless his crying antics really become a problem in the clubhouse.
I would tend to agree with your sentiments about Hinske (though I would moderate the language as there are no doubt young fans who frequent these forums). He's been pretty awful in June - one HR, no multi-hit games. His AVG has tumbled from .290 down below .245
Even after a great April, Hinske has been horrible against lefties and brutal on the road. If he could string together some consistently good months like he did his rookie year, he might be serviceable, but I'd think a change of scenery would do him good.
Unfortuntalely, it's a fair point that his trade value may be negative. Let's see if JP can work any magic without eating too much of his contract.