ATLANTA -- Eric Hinske would appreciate the opportunity to return to the Braves. At the same time, the veteran utility player is intrigued by the geographical conveniences he would realize by signing with the Brewers.
Right now, the Braves and Brewers can only wait and see how Hinske responds to the one-year contracts that they have offered. Atlanta's offer is believed to be worth $1.5 million.
Hinske has told friends and teammates that he is hoping to land a two-year contract. It doesn't appear the Braves or Brewers are willing to provide him with the second year.
"He's weighing both options," Hinske's brother, Ryan Hinske, recently told Appleton's (Wis.) Post-Crescent.com. "He'd be happy to get something done. He respects both organizations. He has said positive things about both organizations."
With the Braves, Hinske would have the opportunity to be reunited with Brian McCann, Tim Hudson and the numerous other members of the organization who gained nothing but respect for the 33-year-old veteran utility player as Atlanta advanced to the playoffs this past season.
With the Brewers, Hinske might decrease his odds of participating in the postseason for the fifth consecutive year. But while introducing his leadership skills to the offensively-talented Milwaukee club, he would be close to his friends and family members in the Appleton area.
"For his family and all of his friends, it would be a lot easier to get down [to Milwaukee] and see him play," Ryan Hinske told Post-Crescent.com. "But ultimately it comes down to what he wants to do and the offers. He enjoyed playing with the Braves last year. ... He knows what he's got for sure in Atlanta. I wish I could tell you which one he will pick."
Another geographical advantage owned by the Brewers is that they stage their Spring Training just a short drive from Hinske's Phoenix-area home. He has never previously had the opportunity to begin a season with an organization that trains in Arizona.
Hinske hit .256 with 11 homers and a .793 OPS over 320 plate appearances in 131 games with the Braves in 2010. He proved to be an effective everyday player in May and the early portion of June.
Hinske's primary role with the Braves would likely be to serve as a left-handed pinch-hitter who could occasionally see time in left field. He could also occasionally spell Freddie Freeman at first base.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.