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Brad Hawpe looking for job with contender following release

Aug 19, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

Brad Hawpe was informed before yesterday’s game that it would be his last with the Rockies and the veteran outfielder delivered a pinch-hit single in a 3-2 win before being released just hours later.
Hawpe cleared waivers earlier this week, but the Rockies were apparently unable to find a trade partner and decided to simply eat the $2.2 million remaining on his contract for this season.
They also owe Hawpe a $500,000 buyout for next year, but there was never any doubt they’d choose that over a $10 million option. So, instead of becoming a free agent in November he’s a free agent now.
According to Hawpe the Rockies offered him the choice of remaining on the team as a part-time player for the final six weeks or being released, and he chose the latter in the hopes of latching on with a contender. Hawpe’s production has been well below his norms this season, but his .255/.343/.432 mark is hardly horrendous and he posted an OPS above .875 in each of the previous four seasons.
He’s also a career .274/.369/.470 hitter with an average of 24 homers per 550 at-bats away from Coors Field, so Hawpe would make plenty of sense as a stretch-run pickup for contenders in need of a good left-handed bat. Especially now that the Rockies are on the hook for his whole salary and the cost to acquire him for the rest of the season is around $100,000.

  1. BC - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Why doesn’t Boston take a shot at him? 2/3 of their outfield is out for the year….

  2. JimmyY - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Yes, HOPES to latch on with a contender. OK. Don’t produce, its off to KC, Pittsburgh, or Houston, so much for going to a contender since you don’t really deserve it. Good luck.

  3. geoknows - Aug 19, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I could see the White Sox being interested.

  4. doctorfunke - Aug 19, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    But he said that he wanted to do to a contender.

  5. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    I’d still say that San Diego and San Francisco make the most sense, although I wouldn’t be altogether shocked to see the Braves get into the mix as well.

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