Hawpe signs with Tampa Bay Rays
FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that former Colorado Rockies outfielder has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the deal is a minor-league deal and Hawpe is expected to join the Rays in the next few days, likely when the rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Hawpe has been assigned to the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the high Class-A Florida State League where he can get some regular at-bats before being activated later next week.
The Rays have been looking for an extra bat for September. Hawpe likely will play some first base, outfield and DH. The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and San Diego reportedly also expressed interest in Hawpe.
The Rockies are still on the hook for most of Hawpe’s remaining 2010 salary. The Rays will pay only the pro-rated minimum major league salary.