Ex-Yanks Hinske, Nieves sign with D-Backs

12/07/2012 3:05 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Former Yankee Eric Chavez agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and less than 48 hours later, he has officially been joined by another pair of former pinstripers.

The Diamondbacks announced late Thursday night that they have finalized one-year pacts with infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske and catcher Wil Nieves, officially closing a pair of agreements that were also hammered out during this week’s Winter Meetings.

Hinske, 35, spent the last three seasons with Atlanta, hitting .197 with two homers and 13 RBI in 132 at-bats for the Braves last year. The 2002 AL Rookie of the Year, who is notable for making three straight World Series appearances from 2007-09 with Boston, Tampa Bay, and the Yankees, was a Bomber in the latter half of 2009, posting a .226-7-14 line in 84 at-bats after being acquired from Pittsburgh.

Nieves, meanwhile, started 2012 in the Rockies organization, splitting time between the Majors and Triple-A Colorado Springs before being designated for assignment; Arizona claimed him on Aug. 6 and he hit .306 with a home run and three RBI in 16 games for the D-Backs last year, but was non-tendered by the team last week.

The now 35-year-old backstop was in the Yankees organization from 2005-07, appearing in 35 Major League games but spending most of his time at Triple-A Columbus or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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