Subversive wrote:To say that Hillenbrand was the best hitter may be true, but that doesn't mean he's a good hitter. He's pretty much an empty batting average. I think Hinske might bounce back this year, and Hillenbrand has a lot more trade value, so I'd go the other way, personally.
Eric Hinske has had two years to bounce back from his horrible year in 2003, and he hasn't done so yet. Next year isn't the time to be giving him another chance, especially since it has been marketed as a "contending year" for the Jays. As for Hillenbrand, I'm not exactly what you mean by empty batting average. He was the most consistant hitter on the team for the entire season, and without him there last year, I don't even want to think about what horrid offensive numbers this team would have put up. He was near the top of the team in HRs, RBIs, AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS last year, I'm just not sure how it could be beneficial to the team to trade the best offensive player on it for more relief pitching (which is arguably the strongest component of the team).