The San Diego Padres officially announced the signing of first baseman Brad Hawpe today. The Padres signed Hawpe to a one-year contract worth $3 million. He will earn $2 million in 2011 with a mutual option for $6 million for 2012 or a $1 million buyout.
Hawpe is looking forward to the transition to first base from the outfield. He was drafted as a first baseman and then had to switch positions in the minor leagues if he wanted to see any playing time with the Rockies. All-Star first baseman Todd Helton was not going to be moving away from that position any time soon.
It was announced that the Padres offered $8 million contract to Derrek Lee in an attempt to bring him to San Diego. Lee decided to sign with the Baltimore Orioles, and the Padres signed Hawpe instead for $3 million.
I wonder if the Padres will use that extra $5 million to bring in other players. It would be nice to bring back super utility man Jerry Hairston Jr OR bring in 1B/3B Troy Glaus to bring in a right handed bat to split time with Headley and Hawpe against lefty pitchers. We can only hope to get some help for the bench.
Padres Close to Signing Former All-Star Brad Hawpe
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