The Rays today announced they signed Brad Hawpe to a minor league deal. The 2009 All-Star with the Rockies will report to single-A Charlotte for a few days until rosters expand on Sept. 1. Technically, a player must be on the 25-man roster on August 31 in order to be eligible for the post-season. But if Hawpe plays well for the Rays, they can add Hawpe to the postseason roster as long as somebody is moved to the 60-day DL. And the Rays, who are masters of the DL-roster spot, should have no problem doing that.
Hawpe hit .255 with 7 home runs and a .343 OBP in 88 games before being waived by the Rockies. Hawpe averaged 25 home runs and a .384 OBP from 2006 to 2009.
In other news, Jayson Stark reports that the White Sox did indeed claim Manny Ramirez off waivers. He says there are “strong indications” the Rays did try to claim Manny. However, the White Sox had the priority claim due to their worse record.