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.



  1. Gus says:

    That seems to be totally uncharacteristic that the Rays would claim Manny. $4M for a month for this ownership group seems totally beyond their cash-strapped grasp.

    I guess if you make $17M by going to the Series, you might figure it is a wise investment.

    Hawpe -- you never know. At $100K, this seems to be more up the Rays alley. He may be a better player than Manny at this point anyway. Manny stuck on the White Sox is the perfect location, His season will be over October 3rd.

  2. Don says:

    Oh...good... another over-the-hill... has been...what are we going to do...have a old timers game? Whos place would he take in this lineup?

    • Dustin says:

      at 31 years old, he's hardly over the hill (though he may well have passed the crest by now), and for $100K he's probably worth a look. as far as lineup spot, probably johnson's.

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  4. Matt says:

    Take out Johnson who playing awful and use Joyce as a platoon with Hawpe

    • Tone says:

      Why would they platoon him with Joyce? Hawpe is a bad defensive player and he is terrible at hitting lefty pitching. He will platoon at DH with Aybar. Dan Johnson will be the odd man out.

      • Razzlegator says:

        If he's terrible at hitting lefthanders , then he's terrible at hitting righthanders as well. His splits are nearly identical.

  5. Sarah says:

    All the press talks about Hawpe's "terrible year," and clearly he's not all star material in 2010. But let's be honest -- at .255, with a .343 OBP, he's doing as well or better than Upton, Bartlett, Kapler, Shoppach, Aybar, Joyce and Zobrist. Heck, on the Rays, .255 is excelling. I don't see how this can hurt.


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