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Texas Rangers, Brad Hawpe Agree to Minor League Deal

The Texas Rangers have signed first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe to a minor league deal, according to the team. He's not exactly Prince Fielder, but he does provide a touch of depth to both the outfield and first base.

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:

  • Rangers sign Hawpe - T.R Sullivan |
    "Hawpe, 32, spent the 2011 season with San Diego, batting .231 with 4 homers and 19 RBI in 62 games. The left-handed hitter and thrower started 42 games at first base and seven in right field for the Padres, his first season playing primarily at 1B. He was placed on the disabled list on June 21 and was sidelined for the season after undergoing Tommy John ligament transplant surgery on his left elbow on June 26. Hawpe became a free agent on October 30 when his mutual option was declined by San Diego."
  • Brad Hawpe signs minor league deal with hometown Rangers - Jeff Wilson | Star-Telegram
    "The Texas Rangers signed a first baseman, and his name isn't Prince Fielder. Instead, the Rangers reached a minor league deal with Saginaw Boswell product Brad Hawpe on Friday. Hawpe has an invitation to major league spring training, and will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster."