More Bucs: Pirates Want More Catching Depth
Biertempfel passes along a quote from Hawpe, where the veteran noted "the game has gotten faster and I didn't catch up." That sounds a bit like someone that's contemplating retirement, but nothing official has been announced regarding a decision.
Hawpe signed a minor league contract that included an invitation to major league spring training with the Pirates in January. He appeared in 16 exhibition games with Pittsburgh, hitting .139/.225/.222 over 40 plate appearances this spring.
Hawpe spent part of the 2012 season with the Texas Rangers before being released by the club. He hit .260/.382/.382 with six doubles and three home runs over 152 plate appearances for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate.
Hawpe last appeared in the majors in 2011 as a member of the San Diego Padres. That season he hit .231/.301/.344 with 10 doubles and four home runs over 216 plate appearances. The 33-year-old owns a career batting line of .276/.368/.480 over parts of eight seasons in the bigs.