Rockies release former All-Star Hawpe
The Colorado Rockies have released, who cleared waivers unclaimed earlier Wednesday. The move was expected and was made official shortly after the game.
Tracy Ringolsby reports via Twitter that the team wants to giveregular playing time and that Hawpe preferred to become a free agent to land somewhere he can regular playing time before becoming a free agent after the season.
Hawpe pinch-hit in the seventh inning and singled in his final at-bat with the team.
The Rockies will recall a reliever before Thursday’s series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Left-hander, who’s 1-3 with a 2.62 ERA at Triple-A Colorado Springs, is the most likely candidate.
The Rockies were not planning to exercise a 2011 option worth $10 million to keep Hawpe. If he had stayed with the Rockies through the end of the season and was offered arbitration, the team would have been in line for two compensation draft picks if he declined and signed elsewhere. But after his struggles in 2010, there’s no guarantee another team would be willing to give up a draft pick and offer Hawpe a more lucrative contract than he would receive through arbitration. Hawpe’s best option financially would have been to stay with the Rockies, leaving the team with a glut of outfielders again next season and little payroll flexibility.
In seven seasons with the Rockies, Hawpe hit .280 with 118 home runs and 464 RBI. He was an All-Star in 2009.