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Padres interested in Brad Hawpe as cheap option at first base

Dec 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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With the Nationals and Orioles seemingly fighting over Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee at first base the Padres have turned their attention to Brad Hawpe, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

After hitting at least .285 with 20-plus homers and an OPS above .875 in four straight seasons Hawpe struggled last year, getting released by the Rockies in late August and hitting .179 down the stretch after being picked up by the Rays.

His overall line of .245/.338/.419 wasn’t pretty and Hawpe is a terrible outfielder defensively, but he’s still just 31 years old with an .862 career OPS and would be far less of a liability on defense at first base. And while Coors Field obviously helped Hawpe’s raw numbers with the Rockies his home/road splits were never as extreme as most Colorado hitters.

Going from Coors Field to Petco Park would still be a huge adjustment for Hawpe, but he’s hit .273 with a .369 on-base percentage and .470 slugging percentage on the road during his career.

  1. schlom - Dec 23, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Hawpe hit 210/313/304 away from Coors last season and Petco kills left-handed power hitters. I guess Hoyer is hoping to add a player that makes Ludwick’s Padre stats last season look good. But you need a 1B otherwise you would never get anyone out on infield grounders.

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