Rangers Re-Sign Brad Hawpe

The Rangers re-signed Brad Hawpe to a minor league contract, Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com reports (Twitter link). Hawpe, who was released by the Rangers last week, will open the season with Double-A Frisco.

Hawpe posted a .231/.301/.344 line in 216 plate appearances with the Padres in 2011, playing first base and right field. The 32-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last June. He owns a .284/.380/.493 line in 2,678 career plate appearances against right-handed pitching, so he's a possible weapon against righties.

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9 Comments on "Rangers Re-Sign Brad Hawpe"

Bonesaw McGraw
3 years 4 months ago

A 32 year old, in Double-A?  Now I don’t feel so bad about those students loans I have on that degree I’m not using.

3 years 4 months ago

” Now I don’t feel so bad about those students loans I have on that degree I’m not using.”

The (old) GI Bill helps a ton with those.. Then they want something in return. Always a catch isn’t it.

For what it’s worth? Never used what the GI Bill paid for either. Major in History was of limited use.

3 years 4 months ago

The only reason I could think for him being in AA instead of AAA to make sense is that Frisco is less than an hour from Arlington.

3 years 4 months ago

Double A Frisco is closer to Arlington than Triple A Round Rock. It’s like a 35 minute car ride! Moreland must be on a very short leash or not fully healed.

3 years 4 months ago

Yeah, he’s only in AA because he’s too stubborn to go to AAA.  He lives close to the AA team and wanted to play close to home.  The Yanks were hot on him before they got Ibanez, but no, Hawpe wanted to play in good ol’ Texas.  Whatever.  Not like he’ll be a factor ever again.  He was a product of Coors.  Look at everybody that’s left… Hawpe, Atkins, Barmes, etc.  Holliday was an exception, but he’s not in that upper-level anyway.

3 years 4 months ago

Everything’s going to be okay, calm down.

3 years 4 months ago

 Hawpe really wasn’t that much of a product of Coors.  Go back and look at his numbers.  His home splits in Colorado were inflated mostly through batting average and doubles — because Coors has that big outfield where the hits drop in.

His HR splits are incredibly even, same with the walk rates.  It’s a shame what you’re saying about him not wanting to play for the Yankees, because as a Yankee fan Ibanez looks cooked.

3 years 4 months ago

I’ve never been much of a fan of the Yankees or Ibanez, but he did hit a 3-run homer last night.

3 years 4 months ago

Triple A Round Rock plays in the PCL, a notorious hitter’s league that greatly inflates stats. Double A is considered more balanced. That and it being much closer to Arlington are the two reasons I bet. I really liked Brad Hawpe, or at least his goofy ass swing, so I hope to see him in the bigs again.