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Angels sign Brad Hawpe to minor league deal

Apr 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Brad Hawpe’s ongoing comeback attempt has a new home, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the veteran first baseman/outfielder has signed a minor-league deal with the Angels.

Hawpe has struggled to come back from elbow surgery and didn’t play in the majors at all last season. He was released by the Rangers in the middle of last season and then got released by the Pirates in the middle of spring training this year.

Hawpe was consistently a very good middle-of-the-order bat for the Rockies from 2006-2009, but he hasn’t produced in the majors or minors since then and turns 34 years old in June.

  1. paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    …for some reason.

  2. jeffa43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Well, you need a replacement at 1b…. My Grandpa gets around better than Puholes. In fact if Albert needs a high end walker my Grandpa feels Albert may need it more…. In his words, I may only have one good leg at 90…. But Albert has no good legs at 32…… Errrrr or is he really 37?

    • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      A backup for Pujols? You mean, like that Trumbo guy?

  3. jeffa43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Same diff… Hawpe OF or 1b….

    It was actually sarcasm on two counts. 1. The signing of Hawpe. 2. The signing of Ahab Puholes for 10 years.

    He had minor knee surgery at the end of last year and still can’t recover? Something he should have recovered from in 4-6 weeks and we are going on 5 months…. Now they are calling his knee issue planter Facetious ? C’mon…

    • Kevin Gillman - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      An injured Pujols is better than about 27 healthy 1st Basemen on the other teams. Even if Albert winds up being the DH, he is paid to hit, and he had a good year for your Angels last season. No reason why can’t this season.

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