Report: Rockies place Hawpe on waivers
Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com reports the Colorado Rockies have placed on waivers. The move does not necessarily mean Hawpe is going anywhere, as many players are routinely placed on waivers during August as teams try to make them available for trades if the need should arise.
If Hawpe clears waivers, the Rockies would be able to trade him to any major-league team. If he’s claimed, the Rockies could pull him back, let the claiming team have him or try to work out a trade with the claiming team.
For a second consecutive season, Hawpe has seen reduced playing time as he battles a second-half slump. Hawpe started off the season well and was hitting .357 when he went on the disabled list in late April. Since June 1, the last day his batting average was over .300, Hawpe is hitting just .216 with three home runs and 20 RBI.
The Rockies hold a $10 million option on Hawpe for 2011, but are unlikely to exercise it given his struggles and the team’s outfield depth. If Hawpe stays with the Rockies through the end of the season and the team declines the option, Hawpe becomes a free agent. He currently projects as a Type A at his position which would give the Rockies two compensation picks in next year’s draft if they offered him arbitration and he signed elsewhere. However, offering arbitration would put the Rockies at risk of Hawpe accepting it and returning at a salary close the $7.5 million he’s earning in 2010. The Rockies also could decline the option and resign him to a smaller contract to keep him the mix in right field and first base.
In the same note, Rosenthal reports the Atlanta Braves have some interest inwith Chipper Jones out for the season. Barmes, who will enter his final year of arbitration next year, has yet to pass through waivers.