Rangers Release Brad Hawpe

The Rangers have released veteran outfielder Brad Hawpe, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter).  Hawpe signed a minor league deal with the Rangers in January that would've paid him $1MM had he made the roster.  By releasing Hawpe now, Texas avoids paying him a $100K bonus as a six-year veteran.

Hawpe's chances of making the Texas roster were slim given that the Rangers are in need of a right-handed hitting outfielder and Hawpe is both a lefty bat and hasn't been able to throw from the outfield due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery.  Still, Hawpe hit well in limited action during the spring (a .849 OPS in 23 at-bats) and has a decent chance of catching on with another team if he can prove he's healthy.  MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports the Rangers have invited Hawpe to return if he can't find a Major League job elsewhere.


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23 Comments on "Rangers Release Brad Hawpe"


Havok9120
3 years 5 months ago

Did they need the roster spot or something? I don’t follow the Rangers, but saying to someone “you’re fired, but you’ll be welcomed back for half as much money (or less) if no one else wants you,” seems like an…interesting thing to do.

Zach
3 years 5 months ago

You’re right, they should have just kept him on the roster and have him the extra million to be nice.

Thizzie
3 years 5 months ago

No they should have kept and played him at 1B over Mitch and he would have earned his $1 million with +25 HR’s

PhishTank
3 years 5 months ago

The Rangers already have three guys who can play first base. They don’t need another.

formerdraftpick
3 years 5 months ago

Who do you think would be the best team for him?  No one is really jumping out at me.  The Red Sox?  

Blue387
3 years 5 months ago

How about the Mets? Since Hawpe was a former San Diego Padre, the Mets front office will offer a minor league deal.

Steven D
3 years 5 months ago

Mets practically have no bench, I’d give him a minor league deal to fight for an OF spot/bench spot. 

3 years 5 months ago

The Fort Worth Cats.

Thizzie
3 years 5 months ago

Brewers, Mariners, Angels and Yankees in that order

Garret Strachota
3 years 5 months ago

as a brewers fan i can say we dont want or need him here

goner
3 years 5 months ago

Veteran “outfielder” Brad Hawpe? :confused:

PhishTank
3 years 5 months ago

I’m confused about why you’re confused.

goner
3 years 5 months ago

Hawpe has 10.6 career bWAR from his bat, which is almost completely negated by his -8.0 career bWAR from his glove. 

Fangraphs is even less kind, listing Hawpe (career -26.5 UZR/150) as the third worst defender in MLB since UZR was introduced in 2002. 

In short, Hawpe is less an outfielder than a butcher with the glove.

jeffmaz
3 years 5 months ago

If Hawpe can’t throw…why is he trying to come back from TJ surgery now?

Thizzie
3 years 5 months ago

He can throw but not from the outfield, he can play first or DH right now

alva9596
3 years 5 months ago

Could the Yankes have a use for Hawpe since he’s a lefty batter?

Thizzie
3 years 5 months ago

Probably depends on if they want to keep Ibanez

chico65
3 years 5 months ago

Well, they do seem to be collecting washed up players at an alarming rate recently

Korflock
3 years 5 months ago

^win.

alva9596
3 years 5 months ago

my bad, suppose to say Yankees  -_-.

3 years 5 months ago

What about the Cubs.  He’s got to be better than LaHair

3 years 5 months ago

What am I  missing here?  Why is everybody so concerned with Hawpes baseball future?  he was a wash out in SD and  subsequent teams. He is NOT a major league level 1st baseman and can’t throw from the outfield.  He has not had a respectable batting average, thus the releases from different teams Is there not a younger player who deserves a spot instead of him?  What am I missing here?

coach64
3 years 5 months ago

He’s a very nice guy, but can’t hit, throw, catch or run at a major league level. If you are released by the Padres, that is probably a sign that the player is not going to help your club.