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Rockies Release Hawpe, Rangers Interested

The Colorado Rockies have released OF/1B Brad Hawpe and he'll be free to sign with any team for the prorated minimum for the rest of the season on Monday. Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Rangers, along with the Twins, Rays and White Sox, are going to be interested in Hawpe's services for the rest of the season.

Hawpe has hit .255/.343/.432 in 259 at bats for the Rockies this season with seven home runs and 21 doubles. Primarily a right fielder, he's better served at DH or even 1B where the Rockies have allowed him to play sparingly while Todd Helton was on the disabled list. Hawpe sports a -20 UZR and -7 DRS (defensive runs saved) and both figures are alarmingly below average. 

Hawpe could make sense for the Rangers as part of a first base platoon or even sparingly at DH depending on the Rangers injury situation in October.

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