Mar 26, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Brad Hawpe (9) tosses his helmet to the ground after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Texas Rangers are set to release Brad Hawpe, according to multiple sources (first reported by Richard Durrett of ESPN). Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is saying that the Rangers release of Hawpe gives him a chance to find a big league job, and that he didn't want to play in Triple-A:
Brad Hawpe released by #Rangers, who are giving him chance to find big-league job. Wasn't going to make roster, didn't want to go to AAA.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 30, 2012
Hawpe was signed to a minor league deal by the Rangers back in January:
Texas Rangers, Brad Hawpe Agree to Minor League Deal - MLB Daily Dish (Jan 20)
"Hawpe is entering his 9th season as a career .276 / .368 / .480 hitter, but might be seeing that power evaporate after both being injured and leaving Coors. If he does get a shot in Arlington, he'll be looking to return to that good average/20+ homer guy he was with the Rockies."