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D-backs sign Camp, release Hinske

The D-backs made a move to increase their bullpen depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Shawn Camp and assigning him to Triple-A Reno.  Camp was released by the Cubs on July 7 after being designated for assignment.

The 37-year-old is a 10-year veteran who posted a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances this season. In 23 innings, he struck out 13 and walked nine. Camp was a workhorse for Chicago least season, when he appeared in a league-high 80 games and produced  a 3.59 ERA.

Arizona also released veteran pinch-hitting specialist Eric Hinske, who recently accepted an outright assignment to Reno after being designated for assignment. Hinske was 1-for-18 with Reno and hit .173 with one home run in 58 plate appearances for Arizona, which signed him this offseason.

Hinske, the 2002 American League Rookie of the Year with the Blue Jays, is expected to retire, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. He played for seven teams over 12 big league seasons, hitting .249/.332/.430 with 137 home runs and 522 RBIs. The 35-year-old also accomplished the strange feat of appearing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams, winning with the Red Sox in 2007, losing with the Rays in ’08 and winning with the Yankees in ’09.

– Andrew Simon

Braves make Hinske an offer

Braves general manager Frank Wren revealed Friday that he has made a contract offer to free agent Eric Hinske.  But it’s not believed to be one of the two-year offers that Hinske is currently seeking. 

The Braves appear to be comfortable bringing Hinske back with a one-year deal worth approximately $1.5 million.  The veteran utility player hit .256 with 11 homers in 281 at-bats this past season for the Braves.  

Hinske has told some of his Braves teammates that he would likely return to Atlanta if he is provided a two-year contract.  But it seems doubtful that Wren would be willing to offer the extra guaranteed season.

Wren also said that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll tender a contract to Matt Diaz, who stands as the most likely of the club’s arbitration-eligible players to be non-tendered. 

– Mark Bowman