Dec 23, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT
UPDATE: Dan Hayes of the North County Times was told by a Padres official that the talks are serious, but that “nothing is going to happen either way for a few days.”
Now Buster Olney of ESPN.com is reporting that the two sides are “on the verge” of an agreement.
He batted just .245 with a .338 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 2010 for the Rockies and Rays, but Hawpe still boasts a stellar 862 career OPS and he doesn’t turn 32 years old until June 22 of next year.
PETCO Park is one of the least power-friendly ballparks in all of baseball and doesn’t lend itself to many offensive turnarounds. Hawpe, though, hit well there during his five-plus seasons in the National League West and may be able to right the ship.
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