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UPDATE: Rangers among teams interested in Brad Hawpe

Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

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UPDATE: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are interested in Hawpe. They are considering him as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland is slow coming back from wrist surgery.

9:31 PM: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu news on the very same night? This Hot Stove is a-burnin’.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that Hawpe could be close to signing a minor league contract with a spring training invite. With whom? No idea. But three teams are currently in the mix.

Hawpe signed with the Padres last winter and batted just .231/.301/.344 with four homers, 19 RBI and a .645 OPS over 216 plate appearances before being placed on the disabled list in June with a strained left middle finger. However, his left elbow was the bigger issue, eventually requiring Tommy John surgery in August. The Padres declined his $6 million option for 2012 in October, making him a free agent.

Despite the surgery, Hawpe is said to be healthy and ready to compete for a big league job during spring training. The 32-year-old is coming off two terrible seasons, but handles right-handed pitching pretty well and his home-road splits aren’t as crazy as you’d think for someone who played a large chunk of games in Colorado. He’s worth the gamble, but given his poor reputation as a defender, he’s probably better off in the American League where he could DH.

  1. ditka96 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    The Brewers should be considering him. He could platoon in LF until Braun gets back.

  2. micker716 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Hawpe and Cantu. Jed Hoyer’s two big FA signings last year. Good luck Chicago.

    • D.J. Short - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      He did acquire Cameron Maybin from the Marlins for two relievers. That’s looking pretty good right now.

      • micker716 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        Great trade for the Padres, however Hawpe, Cantu, Hudson and Bartlett were the veteran pick-ups that were supposed to keep that 2010 momentum going.

  3. natsattack - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    It’s official:
    Brad Hawpe signs with mystery team. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.

  4. mojosmagic - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Surprised the Mets aren’t in on it. Must want to much.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Not only are the Rangers interested in Brad Hawpe, but they have also “CHECKED IN” on Ryan Madson! Someone must have put another piece of wood in the hot stove.

  6. billymc75 - Jan 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Id rather they sign Comes!

  7. hardjudge - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Sorry but for all his defensive liabilities, Michael Young, is a better first baseman and a much, much better hitter against right or left hand pitching.

  8. cowhawkfan - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    The Rangers are interested in everyone, but this guy makes no sense for them as he is not an upgrade over Young and they still have Napoli who capable of playing there.

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