Hawpe Not On Market
found himself watching more than playing in the post-season for the Rockies. He, however, remains a key part in the Rockies long-range planning.
Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd has been surprised by media reports that the Rockies will look to trade Hawpe, a 2009 All-Star, who struggled in the second half of the season.
He started Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Philadelphia, but was limited to one pinch-hit appearance in the final three games.
“The Rockies understand the value of Brad Hawpe on the field and off,” said O’Dowd. “We have no desire to move him at all. He has leadership ability and a commitment to the approach we feel is important for a team’s success.”
Hawpe hit .284 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI, ranking fourth on the Rockies in average, third in home runs and tied for second in RBI. He, however, hit only .209 with 10 RBI in September.
There is no financial push to move Hawpe, who is signed for $7.5 million in 2010. He had a $10 million option for 2011, but there is no buyout.
With an abundance of left-handed hitters, there has been speculation that Hawpe would likely be dealt. That, however, would only be the case if the Rockies felt they received a solid return, such as the Matt Holliday trade last off-season.
Oakland sent the Rockies outfielder, closer and left-handed pitcher Greg Smith.