The 35-year-old Hinske set new career lows by hitting just .197 (26-for-132) with two home runs while striking out 41 times. Over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Hinske hit a combined 21 home runs.
“I was a big part of this clubhouse, and it was a good three years,” Hinske told ajc.com. “Sad to be going. It’s part of the game, part of the business. Just look forward to the next chapter wherever I’ll be next year. (This is a) great organization, great people in the organization, some of my best friends I’ve ever met on the team. We’ll see what happens.”
Hinske's contract this year was worth $1.6 million, reports spotrac.com, so letting him enter free agency will free up a small amount of payroll that could go toward re-signing the likes of Reed Johnson, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in July.
Hinske made his Major League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and won the American League Rookie of the Year. He has since spent time with the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees before joining Atlanta in 2010. Hinske was a member of the 2007 World Series champion Red Sox team.
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