Red Sox: Notable August waiver trades in franchise history
By Cody Collins
Red Sox acquire Util. Eric Hinske from Toronto
Eric Hinske was an acquisition that, again, doesn’t stick out in the minds of the casual Red Sox fan. In 2006, Theo Epstein decided to make the move to acquire a power hitter that had quite a bit of success in the AL East. The former AL Rookie of the Year, had his share of success throughout his career and Theo wanted to make sure that continued in Boston.
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As a career .260 hitter in Toronto, Hinske was known as a hitter that would drive in runs, while flashing power numbers. The intent was to become a solid option off the bench, while platooning with J.D. Drew, or Manny Ramirez, if a day-off was needed.
Hinske’s numbers didn’t translate to Boston, only posting a .204 batting average in 2007 for the Sox. Despite his lack of relative success, he was a part of the Mother’s Day Miracle against the Orioles and, of course, was a part of the ’07 World Series championship.
It is interesting to note that Hinske is now on the Chicago Cubs coaching staff, mentioning that he could be a good luck charm to the team upon his hire. As we know, the Cubs won a World Series with Hinske on the roster.
Though Hinske was not a vital piece in 2007, he is a notable August acquisition.