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Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor league deal

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According to folks on Twitter, the Rangers have signed outfielder Brad Hawpe to a minor league contract with a major league invite to spring training.

Hawpe was born in Fort Worth and graduated from Saginaw Boswell high school, going on to play ball at LSU before being drafted in the 11th round of the 2000 draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Hawpe was a member of the Rockies organization until August, 2010, when he was released, and thereafter signed by the Tampa Bay Rays. Hawpe joined the Padres for the 2011 season.

Hawpe had a very good four year run from 2006-2009, during which time he posted a .288/.384/.518 line, good for a 124 OPS+, even in Colorado. His OPS dropped to 758 in 2010, however, and dropped further to 645 with San Diego in 2011.

A lefty hitter, Hawpe has spent most of his career playing right field, but has played some first base the past couple of seasons. The Rangers supposedly were interested in Hawpe in part to provide depth and insurance at first base if Mitch Moreland struggled returning from his wrist surgery.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP
2004 25 COL 42 118 105 12 26 3 2 3 9 1 1 11 34 .248 .322 .400 .722 77 42 4
2005 26 COL 101 351 305 38 80 10 3 9 47 2 2 43 70 .262 .350 .403 .754 89 123 5
2006 27 COL 150 575 499 67 146 33 6 22 84 5 5 74 123 .293 .383 .515 .898 120 257 8
2007 28 COL 152 606 516 80 150 33 4 29 116 0 2 81 137 .291 .387 .539 .926 130 278 13
2008 29 COL 138 569 488 69 138 24 3 25 85 2 2 76 134 .283 .381 .498 .879 121 243 7
2009 30 COL 145 588 501 82 143 42 3 23 86 1 3 79 145 .285 .384 .519 .903 125 260 17
2010 31 TOT 103 346 298 31 73 21 2 9 44 2 1 42 85 .245 .338 .419 .758 94 125 5
2010 31 COL 88 300 259 24 66 21 2 7 37 2 1 36 68 .255 .343 .432 .776 96 112 4
2010 31 TBR 15 46 39 7 7 0 0 2 7 0 0 6 17 .179 .304 .333 .638 78 13 1
2011 32 SDP 62 216 195 19 45 10 0 4 19 0 0 19 68 .231 .301 .344 .645 83 67 7
8 Seasons 893 3369 2907 398 801 176 23 124 490 13 16 425 796 .276 .368 .480 .848 113 1395 66
162 Game Avg. 162 611 527 72 145 32 4 22 89 2 3 77 144 .276 .368 .480 .848 113 253 12
COL (7 yrs) 816 3107 2673 372 749 166 23 118 464 13 16 400 711 .280 .374 .492 .866 116 1315 58
TBR (1 yr) 15 46 39 7 7 0 0 2 7 0 0 6 17 .179 .304 .333 .638 78 13 1
SDP (1 yr) 62 216 195 19 45 10 0 4 19 0 0 19 68 .231 .301 .344 .645 83 67 7
NL (8 yrs) 878 3323 2868 391 794 176 23 122 483 13 16 419 779 .277 .369 .482 .851 114 1382 65
AL (1 yr) 15 46 39 7 7 0 0 2 7 0 0 6 17 .179 .304 .333 .638 78 13 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/20/2012.