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Padres reach one-year agreement with Brad Hawpe

Dec 24, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

Brad Hawpe

From Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press comes word that the Padres have reached a one-year contract with free agent Brad Hawpe.  The two sides were said to be “on the verge” of an agreement late Thursday night and made it happen today on Christmas Eve.

Once he passes his pre-signing physical, everything will be official.

Hawpe is going to play first base in San Diego, a position he has manned only nine times in his career.  It’s obviously a downgrade both defensively and offensively from Adrian Gonzalez, but the Padres don’t have a massive payroll and must spend creatively.

Hawpe, 31, should be worth what is likely to be a low-base salary contract.

He batted just .245/.338/.419 over 346 plate appearances in 2010 for the Rockies and Rays, but he still carries an impressive 862 career OPS and he boasts a strong .281/.371/.451 lifetime batting line inside the cavernous walls of PETCO Park.

The Padres chased more traditional first basemen Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee before deciding on Hawpe.  Both were seeking fairly expensive salaries, though, and the youth-driven Friars were wise to shy away.

  1. Ick McWang - Dec 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Good luck with this one. I watched him when he came to the Rays last year, realistically as fans we probably had too much hope in him but he honestly looked lost against the A.L., especially the AL East. I thought he would be an upgrade as a bat but he really didn’t do anything close to what his career numbers would have projected.

    So a move back to the NL and the pitchers he knows should help him if anything else.

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