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Rangers release former All-Star Brad Hawpe

Mar 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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It seems like forever ago now, but Brad Hawpe was an All-Star as recently as 2009.

He had a rough 2010 season for the Rockies and Rays, was even worse in part-time action with the Padres last season, and last night the Rangers released him after signing Hawpe to a minor-league contract in January.

Certainly no longer calling Coors Field home hurt Hawpe’s production, but he was typically pretty solid on the road during his prime and injuries have been a much bigger factor in his rapid decline. He underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in August and is still unable to throw from the outfield, limiting him to first base.

General manager Jon Daniels indicated that Hawpe returning to the Rangers as a Triple-A player is possible if he’s unable to land a big-league contract and/or better opportunity elsewhere.

  1. bigoz71 - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Hawpe use to kill the Dodgers. I would have liked to have seen Ned take a chance on him in 2010, just he so wouldn’t have to face them. Ned will probably bring him in now as a gritty vet with no upside because that is what he does.

  2. storebrandcookies - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Wish the Rangers would have kept him around. I went to the same high school as him, though different years apart. He is a well-known name in Fort Worth, Tx.

  3. tuloisgod - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Sad to see him flame out so quickly, like so many others from that lightning-in-a-bottle era of Rockies’ baseball — Atkins, Matsui, Francis, Cook …

    Holliday, Tulo, Helton all have proven themselves legit over long periods of time, but some of those other guys just seemed to have such short peak periods.

  4. billb09 - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Welcome to the NY Mets. Sounds like a very affordable bat off the bench and once healthy a fourth or fifth outfielder.

  5. tmohr - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Hawpe at Coors – 288/380/515
    Hawpe elsewhere – 265/358/449

    He might have value as a PH if he can recapture a bit of power, but I’d bet Japan is his next stop.

    • Old Gator - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      His hitting isn’t the issue. He hit well this spring. He’s still recovering from TJ surgery and can’t throw.

  6. jwbiii - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Hawpe is another one of those players who would have been due a $100k bonus if he was on a minor league roster at the end of the day today. That made him a bit expensive for on organizational depth guy.

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