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Brad Hawpe signs minor league deal with Pirates

Jan 17, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

Brad Hawpe

After three straight injured and ineffective seasons derailed what was once a promising career Brad Hawpe has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates.

As recently as 2009 he was an All-Star who hit .285 with 23 homers and a .903 OPS for the Rockies, but Hawpe hasn’t been the same since leaving Colorado. No longer calling Coors Field home is part of it, but the injuries would have wrecked him anyway.

Hawpe was released by the Rangers midway through last season after mediocre production in 35 games at Triple-A following Tommy John elbow surgery. At age 34 he’ll try to snag a bench job in Pittsburgh, but the Pirates are pretty well stocked in first basemen and corner outfielders.

  1. magicrat13 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    i understand taking a chance and acquiring depth for AAA, but i can’t help but shake my head at some of these moves…

    i guess if you cast your line 1000 times, you’re bound to catch something sometime…

  2. 13arod - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    i never heard of a batter getting tommy jhon

    • whmiv21 - Jan 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      It happens occasionally. Carl Crawford just got it last year.

  3. itsabergthing - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Of course the Pirates signed him, should we expect anything different… ALL THE 1B/OF!!!

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