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Report: Rays to sign Brad Hawpe

Aug 27, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Rays will sign Brad Hawpe.

Hawpe, 31, was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week after batting just .255/.343/.432 with seven home runs and 37 RBI. The Rangers, Red Sox and Padres were also rumored to have varying degrees of interest.

Hawpe is no Manny Ramirez, but he figures to be an low-risk upgrade for a team whose designated hitters have combined to bat just .238/.314/.370 with nine homers and a 670 OPS this season. Though defense isn’t his strong suit, he is also capable of playing the outfield and first base.

  1. birdmancometh - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Good move for the Rays, I’ve watched a fair amount of Rockies games the past few years and the guy can hit a little.

  2. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Hwape Hrules. Hwe Hlove Hwape.
    Oh waitaminit, it’s Hawpe. Never mind.

  3. andrewlw - Aug 27, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Manny would never make it that far on waivers anyway.

  4. basiltherat - Aug 27, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Any idea why Hawpe’s fallen off so much this year? Bad luck, injuries, slower bat?
    He’s a better risk than Blalock was. Hawpe will take a walk.

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