Tag:Brad Hawpe
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Reports from reportings

Heath Bell With pitchers and catchers from nine teams reporting today, there's been plenty of news to report.

Here's a look around the league at some interesting tidbits:

• Padres closer Heath Bell, right, said he's surprised -- but happy -- he's still in San Diego. His agents are hoping for a multi-year deal with the team this spring. (MLB.com )

• Jered Weaver said he had "no hard feelings" toward the Angels after losing his arbitration case last week, but there are currently no talks about a long-term deal right now. (Los Angeles Times )

• Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton says he's glad he didn't get traded last season and wants to stay with the Diamondbacks long-term. (Arizona Republic )

• Here's a really good read, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat writer David O'Brien goes on a motorcycle ride with new Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, and the two talk motorcycles and managing following the ride on Super Bowl Sunday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• Padres manager Bud Black says in a Q&A that the team is more balanced this season than it was in 2010. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• New Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe took a glove from former Rockies teammate Todd Helton to use at first base. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule on his thyroid gland last Thursday. Butcher attended some of the team's meetings on Sunday and expects to be back full-time this week. (Orange County Register )

• Mariners closer David Aardsma hopes to be off crutches on Wednesday and maybe throwing a week or a week-and-a-half later. The Mariners closer hopes to return in April. (Seattle Times )

* The Mariners may be looking to add Chad Durbin to their bullpen. (FOXSports.com )

• The Indians see Orlando Cabrera as a "super utility" type, playing all around the infield. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

• The Cubs and closer Carlos Marmol are expected to avoid arbitration and may announce a deal on Monday, the day before a hearing was scheduled. The Cubs offered $4.1 million and Marmol asked for $5.65 million. It's possible the two have reached a long-term deal. (MLB.com )

• Fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Strat-O-Matic. (MLB.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 2:17 pm

Padres inking Brad Hawpe

HawpeSources told the Associated Press on Christmas Eve that Brad Hawpe has signed a one-year deal with the Padres to man first base.

This is a smart signing by the Padres, who were working with limited financial resources to replace Adrian Gonzalez. The final two significant first-base free agents on the market in Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche have price tags beyond San Diego's means, so the club opted to look outside the box and found Hawpe, a right-fielder for the Rockies who was jettisoned near the end of the year and picked up by the Rays.

Hawpe has been one of the league's worst right-fielders over the last six seasons, but that becomes less of a concern at first, where he played nine games in 2010. He has the potential to replace a lot of Gonzalez' offense, as the 31-year-old cranked 23 home runs and posted a .285/.384/.519 mark in 588 plate appearances in 2009. However, 2010 saw a dip to .245/.338/.419 between Colorado and Tampa in 346 PA, a decline he will have to arrest.

Hawpe still needs to clear a pre-signing physical, which should take place early in the week.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:05 pm

Rays test their bench

Joe Maddon How about this for a record you didn't know existed?

Monday night the Rays tied a major-league record by using six pinch hitters in one inning. It was the ninth time that's happened -- and the seventh in September, when rosters expand.

Joe Maddon did it in the seventh inning of Monday's game in Boston because his team was being blown out and wanted to give his regulars some rest and get his bench players some at-bats.

"They all looked good up there. We like our depth, we like our bench," Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I want to keep them sharp, I've got to get them out there. Hopefully as we proceed and hopefully make the playoffs we're going to have to make a lot of tough decisions regarding who those 25 people are going to be, so these guys have got to play. If they're going to contribute the rest of this month they just can't sit on the bench."

How'd it work? Well enough for six pinch hitters to get to bat -- as well as three starters -- who accounted for two of the three outs. None of the starters got a hit, with Carlos Pena walking. The pinch hitters went 3 for 4 with two walks, scoring all three runs in the inning.

Here's how it went down:

The Red Sox started the inning with Robert Coello replacing starter Jon Lester.

Dan Johnson, batting for Ben Zobrist, singled to center.

Kelly Shoppach flied out to center.

Matt Joyce, batting for B.J. Upton, singled to right.

Willy Aybar, batting for Jason Bartlett, singled to center, loading the bases.

Brad Hawpe, batting for Carl Crawford, walked, scoring a run.

Desmond Jennings, batting for Evan Longoria, walked, scoring a run.

The Red Sox pulled Coello and put in Dustin Richardson.

Carlos Pena walked, scoring a run.

Out goes Richardson, in comes Scott Atchison.

Reid Brignac, batting for Sean Rodrgiuez, pops out to first.

Rico Baldelli flied out to end the inning.

The last team to use six pinch hitters in an inning was the Mariners in 2007 and the last two do it in a non-September game was the Expos in May of 1970.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 11:23 am
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:29 pm

Rays reportedly sign Hawpe

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the Rays will sign free agent outfielder Brad Hawpe, who was recently released by the Rockies.

Hawpe cleared waivers on Thursday, and the Rangers and Padres were other teams rumored to have interest. Hawpe, 31, posted a .255/.343/.432 line in 259 at-bats for the Rockies and is a .280 career hitter.

It's a low-risk move for the Rays, who are hoping Hawpe thrives in a new environment and gives them an offensive boost as they battle the Yankees for supremacy in the American League East.

UPDATE: The St. Petersburg Times reports that Hawpe will sign a minor-league deal. The Rays will have to call him up by Thursday, however, for him to be eligible for the postseason roster.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:22 pm

Rangers interested in Manny, not Hawpe

The White Sox apparently aren't the only team with interest in Manny Ramirez. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports the Rangers are "mulling the possibility of talking to the Dodgers" about Ramirez.

A club official, though, does tell Sullivan it's "unlikely" the Rangers will get Ramirez and predicts Ramirez will end the season with the Dodgers.

The White Sox have made little secret of their interest in Ramirez and are ahead of the Rangers on the waiver wire. Ramirez was reportedly placed on waivers on Wednesday, teams would then have until Friday to put in a claim on Ramirez. The White Sox and Dodgers have reportedly already started talks about a trade of Ramirez.

National League clubs will have first priority on Ramirez, but his outfield play makes that unlikely.

Ramirez has a no-trade clause and could kill any trade.

Sullivan also notes the Rangers are not interested in free agent Brad Hawpe. Hawpe cleared waivers on Thursday and became a free agent. The Padres are reportedly interested in Hawpe. He could also draw interest from the Red Sox or Rays.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: August 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Rockies dump Hawpe

Brad Hawpe After much speculation that Brad Hawpe's career with the Colorado Rockies was coming to an end, it finally has.

The Rockies released Hawpe today, whose value is tied up in the bat and yet hasn't been productive enough at the plate to justify his horrendous defense. He leaves Colorado with a .255/.343/.432 line in 300 plate appearances, way off his career mark of .280/.374/.492, garnering MVP votes in 2007 and 2009.

To replace Hawpe, the Rox added a 12th pitcher to the staff, tapping Matt Reynolds. The 25-year-old will make his major-league debut -- and a well-deserved one at that. At Triple-A, the lefty posted a 2.62 ERA in 50 games, whiffing 67 and walking just 16 in 55 innings. He has the potential to emerge as a top late-inning weapon for a squad hoping to contend in 2011.

At just 31, Hawpe has plenty of time to continue a productive career that has 118 home runs and 116 doubles in seven seasons. There are plenty of teams out there who will overlook Hawpe's awful production since May after a hot April.

Hawpe figures to be picked up by an AL team the rest of the way and stuck at DH, although it's possible NL teams could take a temporary flier. Here are some teams that could be interested:

Cubs : The Cubbies have a vacancy at first base with the trade of Derrek Lee to the Braves. Xavier Nady and Micah Hoffpauir will split time at first for the rest of the season. Hoffpauir is essentially a Quad-A player -- filler. Nady is a free agent after the year and not exactly lighting up the scoreboard. While Hawpe is also a free agent, Chicago might be best served to import the lefty and see if he can produce down the stretch for the Cubs. It would likely be fairly easy to ink Hawpe to a contract extension if he succeeded in town.

Rangers : The Rangers have looked to add boppers all season, and Hawpe would be no exception. DH Vladimir Guerrero has tailed off remarkably in the last two months while first-baseman Jorge Cantu has not stepped up as the teams' regular first baseman. Not only could Hawpe get some immediate playing time between first and DH, but he could very well outproduce Texas' current options.

Rays : The Rays need an impact bat at DH to take them deep into October. Pat Burrell and Hank Blalock have failed so far, and while the tandem of Matt Joyce and Dan Johnson may yet reap rewards, neither have a firm grasp on the gig. Joyce, who figures to eventually have a full-time job in the outfield, has shown a knack for driving the ball and yet holds a .224 batting average while Dan Johnson, another Quad-A player, is struggling.

Red Sox
: Boston has one of the best offenses in the game, but needs every last bit of production they can get. With Jacoby Ellsbury likely finished for the season, Hawpe could provide an intriguing bench bat that could platoon with Mike Lowell in first and a crew of fill-ins for left field. He would essentially replace Carlos Delgado on the depth chart.

Reds : Yes, the Reds just brought in Jim Edmonds, but their outfield still leaves much to be desired with Johnny Gomes a failure aside from a hot May, Jay Bruce struggling amidst the expectations heaped upon him and Drew Stubbs taking time to emerge. Hawpe isn't a bad idea to send into the mix.

Tigers : The Tigers have a motley outfield crew, with Austin Jackson bookended by Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn. Boesch got off to a hot start but has tailed off drastically while Raburn appears best served as a utility player. Johnny Damon also plays the outfield, splitting time between left and DH. Much like with the Cubs, the Tigers could see how Hawpe fares in town and go from there. Even though teams like the Tigers are going nowhere in 2010, they still need to evaluate possible components of a contending 2011 team.

White Sox : Ozzie Guillen's comments notwithstanding, the White Sox clearly made a mistake in not bringing in a bat for full-time DH duty. The production by Mark Kotsay and Andruw Jones has been less than impressive as the ChiSox continue to erase their ascent to first place with a rapid sinking. There's no longer any justification for allowing Kotsay to grab at-bats when the 34-year-old could be seeing his last professional season.

-- Evan Brunell

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