Rangers showing interest in veteran Hawpe
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com | 01/06/12 11:09 PM EST
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are one of several teams that have expressed interest in free-agent first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe, according to industry sources.
Hawpe, who is from the Fort Worth area, is of interest to the Rangers as possible insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland has trouble coming back from wrist surgery. Moreland had surgery on his right wrist in November and is not expected to be at full strength by the beginning of Spring Training.
The Rangers expect Moreland to be ready by Opening Day and they still expect him to be their regular first baseman. But the Rangers want to make sure their depth is covered in case Moreland is delayed.
Hawpe, 32, spent last season with the Padres and hit .231 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 62 games and 195 at-bats. He was an All-Star with the Rockies in 2009 and his best season was in 2007, when he batted .291 with a career-high 29 home runs and 116 RBIs for a team that won the National League pennant.
Hawpe has been an outfielder for most of his eight-year career but played 44 games at first base with the Padres last year.