Red Sox, Rays, Rangers In On Brad Hawpe

The Red Sox, Rays and Rangers are in on Brad Hawpe, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Hawpe should clear release waivers today at which point he'll be free to sign with any MLB team.

It's not surprising that the Red Sox are interested in Hawpe, since Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury are out indefinitely. The Red Sox are open to adding outfielders from outside the organization, as we saw when they tried to re-acquire Johnny Damon.

The Rays have shown interest in bats since last month and the Rangers' interest in Hawpe is no secret. The Padres had interest, but no longer appear to be considering Hawpe seriously.

The Rockies designated the 31-year-old for assignment after he posted a .255/.343/.432 line in 300 plate appearances.


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18 Comments on "Red Sox, Rays, Rangers In On Brad Hawpe"


JDortmunder
4 years 11 months ago

It isn’t surprising: but he can’t hit LHP and is a -RF. And if you take him you owe him 500k to buy out his ’11 mega-option. This was a quick fade for a ’09 All-Star.

wutangklanodb
4 years 11 months ago

Wouldn’t be bad move, it’s low risk and he’s proven to be a solid player in the past. As a Rays fan I wouldn’t mind the move, but if they didn’t get him and the Red Sox did it wouldn’t bother me. I don’t think this move would be a difference maker.

4 years 11 months ago

Gosh, how do the Rangers not end up with him. He’s from Ft. Worth and his old coach is the hitting coach, they have to be the odds on favorite.

4 years 11 months ago

why even include the rays? if it costs money, they’re not interested… rangers or sawx get em’.

4 years 11 months ago

You missed the memo that the Rays are all in this year… if we’re talking 2011, you’d be right, but for these next 5 weeks, I think everything’s on the table.

4 years 11 months ago

The Rays probably aren’t likely to get him. Money isn’t really the issue as none of the teams are likely to spend much on him, but because the Rays don’t really need him. We have plenty of lefties who can hit for power(Pena, Joyce, and occasionally Crawford, and Brignac can mash too). We’d basically be going after him because he’s a better option than Dan Johnson, but I doubt we’ll pursue him as strongly as Texas or Boston because he’s hardly a priority.

JDortmunder
4 years 11 months ago

So you owe him a pro-rated salary and 500k (for ’11). Then you can’t offer arbitration (likely about a 10 mil award) to get a sandwich pick because he takes it as nobody is going to sign a Type-A hitting .255. I don’t see the RS doing it.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

terrible move for the redsox

jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

How? You give him 500k to hit lefty. Even if he busts it isn’t like you payed him anything. Then you can let him walk after the season.

johnsilver
4 years 11 months ago

Think Boston should just go with Kalish, or maybe even Reddick have a go at it from the LH side they want somebody to play the OF.

Hawpe was a product of Coors field power wise to begin with and now even that has vanished, all but the massive strikeout totals that has never left. A left handed version of Billy Hall, only Hawpe can’t even crank out HR’s at Coors field anymore.. Run away from this guy.

jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

I never meant they should get him but it should hardly be considered a horrible move.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

Its a horrible move because they have much better production already from nava and McD. yes I know hawpe is having a bad year and was better before,so what? He isn’t playing well THIS YEAR and that is what they need.

They would be best served by choosing from Kalish,McD,Nava or Reddick….or even Bubba Bell.

alxn
4 years 11 months ago

That still doesn’t make it a horrible move. You fail to realize that this will cost them next to nothing.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

well more than nothing as opposed to nothing is still a lot more. Also they do not get a chance to evaluate players in their own system in a year where they are most likely to NOT make the playoffs.

stop falling in love with names.

4 years 11 months ago

Career Splits:

Home:286 .378 .513 .891
Away: .274 .369 .471 .840

Hawpe was not a product of Coors.

Plenty of guys hit better at home anyway.

If it were a .150+ point OPS differential, then I’d be concerned.

elclashcombo
4 years 11 months ago

Honestly, as a Red Sox fan, I really don’t see the point. Pedroia and Youk are out for the season. Beckett, Lackey, and Lester have been up & down in the past month. And they haven’t really exceeded the 5.5 WC GB mark in a month. This team isnt going into the post-season.

jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

ANYTHING’S POSSIBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Plus they still have to play the Rays and Yankees plus those 2 teams have to play each other. Odds aren’t the best but they still have a legitimate chance.

ELPinchy
4 years 11 months ago

possible yes,probable no.