Rangers Among Teams Interested In Brad Hawpe

10:10pm: The Rangers are one of the teams interested in Hawpe, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.  Hawpe is seen as insurance should current first baseman Mitch Moreland (also a left-handed batter) suffer a setback in his return from wrist surgery.  A Rangers contract would represent a homecoming for Hawpe, who was born in Fort Worth.

7:35pm: Brad Hawpe could be close to signing a minor league contract with one of three clubs that have shown interest in the 32-year-old, reports MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.  Hawpe underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and says he is healthy and ready to return to the field.

Hawpe signed a one-year, $2MM deal with the Padres just over a year ago but struggled badly in 2011, hitting just .231/.301/.344 in 216 plate appearances for the Friars.  San Diego unsurprisingly declined its $6MM club option on Hawpe for 2012, instead buying out the contract for $1MM.

Hawpe hit .288/.384/.518 with 99 home runs between 2006-2009 as member of the Rockies.  He has rather severe splits (a career .873 OPS against right-handers versus a .752 OPS against southpaws) and will probably be limited to a DH or first base role given both his recent surgery and his lifetime -18.9 UZR/150 as an outfielder.  Still, it wasn't long ago that Hawpe was one of the more underrated sluggers in the game, and he could be a very solid platoon or bench option for teams in need of a left-handed bat.


Leave a Reply

31 Comments on "Rangers Among Teams Interested In Brad Hawpe"


start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

I know the Red Sox liked him a couple of years back. Kinda wonder if two of the teams are the Cubs and Red Sox.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Really hope they ignore this guy, unless it is on a minor league deal with -0- promises of being called up.

Sweeney plays better defense and he’s not RH to be able and take the place of mcDonal, so awful fielding RF who can’t hit won’t fix anything, only create more issues at one of the toughest to play corners in the game..

Avoid.. Conner Jackson would make more sense even and that is not saying much.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 6 months ago

Well it says minor league deal, which means not on the 40-man roster unless, and he can rake if he finds his stroke again. Virtually no risk with potentially high reward, I say go for it.

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

I think it would be a great idea if the Sox sign him.  Sure, he hasn’t been great the past few years, but with protection in the Sox lineup, his average might return to the likes of 2006-2009.  In any case, he’s a better option than Darnell McDonald, and he comes cheap.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

White Sox as a 4th oufielder/back up first baseman?

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 6 months ago

He was once a cornerstone for the Rox in the 5 hole and could really rake. Hope he gets another shot, worth a minor league deal IMO.

3 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Angels, they need left-handed bats.

Mark
3 years 6 months ago

Exactly what the Angels need – another 1B / OF / DH.   Yeah, it’s definitely the Angels!  LOL

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

i doubt the cubs would get involved unless they think he is fine playing outfield in Des Moines.  

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 6 months ago

Someone should get him a Miller Lite…

3 years 6 months ago

Pirates and Clint Hurdle

Garret Strachota
3 years 6 months ago

i think he would be perfect for the brewers as a back up OF and he could play 1st

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

He’s also great for the Brewers simply because of his last name. Hawpe was born to be a Brewer at some point.

Jeff Westcott
3 years 6 months ago

Triple Hawpes Brewed.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 6 months ago

I thought my line would be obvious to this point.  Guess I should have tried harder.  Drats!

Ziggy22
3 years 6 months ago

Turn out the lights, the party is over.

3 years 6 months ago

Never did a player need to be in the American League more…

goredsgo
3 years 6 months ago

vlad guerrero says hello

3 years 6 months ago

Vlad never even came within 1/3 of Hawpe’s badness. 

Vlad’s worst UZR? -9.4
Hawpe’s? -36.0 

3 years 6 months ago

Who wouldn’t benefit from hitting in Arlington?

Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Jeff Mathis.

DaveP
3 years 6 months ago

Hawpe was absolutely terrible here in SD. He seemed like a nice guy but has no place ever being on a major league roster again. He doesn’t even measure up to AAAA players like Brad Eldred.

Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

All hitters are terrible in SD. That place is death for hitters.

PWNdroia
3 years 6 months ago

He was pretty dang good in his early years with the Rockies.  Like Rangersfan32 said, SD isn’t typically a place for hitters.

3 years 6 months ago

Am I the only one that disagrees with the assessment that a 752/873 career OPS vs L/R as “severe” is a bit dramatic? The guy has a near 900 OPS vs right handers and a more than passable OPS vs lefties. He hasn’t exactly been given a chance in his career to prove that it was all because of Coors Field with his stints in Tampa and SD. And, in any case, hitting in Arlington with the Rangers lineup could take him right back to his “best” years. 

JohnDoe847
3 years 6 months ago

Hawpe os a good fit with the Cubs at 1st base, shallow right, and right center and the wind blowing out in the summer, I smell a return to the old Hawpe.

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

The last thing the A’s need is another first baseman that can’t consistently hit. They’ve already got four of those.

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

They have depth. They don’t have stud power, but they got depth. It’s sink or swim time for Allen, Carter, Barton, and Kila. 

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

And you’re looking for Brad Hawpe, to be their good player?

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

And you’re looking for Brad Hawpe, to be their good player?

Gumby65
3 years 6 months ago

And I think he said: Not at all but a cheap depth LH bat…carter is the DH now and he can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag