The Angels requested unconditional release waivers on Brad Hawpe for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release Sunday. Hawpe had been designated for assignment on July 29.
If Hawpe isn’t claimed by another team, the Angels are responsible for paying the remainder of his 2013 salary.
Hawpe batted .185 (5 for 27) as an Angel after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Salt Lake on June 8.
The Angels have designated first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe for assignment and added Triple-A pitcher Daniel Stange to their 40-man roster.
Hawpe was an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies five years ago, and one of several veteran reclamation projects the Angels used to fill out the bottom of their 40-man roster. After a good showing at Triple-A, he never got hot in the majors, batting .185 (5 for 27) in 17 games with the Angels.
Stange, a 27-year-old right-hander, was 3-0 with a 3.60 earned-run average in 15 games, all in relief, for Salt Lake. He was released by the San Diego Padres on June 16 and signed a minor-league contract with the Angels five days later. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of UC Riverside in 2006, when current Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was the D-Backs’ director of scouting and player personnel.
Brad Hawpe averaged 25 home runs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies. (Associated Press photo)
Kole Calhoun almost made the Angels as a fourth/fifth outfielder out of spring training. He didn’t, was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake, and suffered a freak injury in the Bees’ first game of the season: Calhoun broke the hamate bone in his right hand swinging a bat in his fourth plate appearance of the game.
Calhoun had surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss at least a month.
On Wednesday, the Angels announced they’ve agreed to terms with veteran major league outfielder Brad Hawpe on a minor-league contract. He’ll report to extended spring training at first, but figures to absorb some of Kalhoun’s innings in Salt Lake soon.
Hawpe, 33, last appeared in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was limited to just 62 games that year because of a strained finger and and elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery in August.
Last year Hawpe batted .260/.382/.382 for Double-A Frisco of the Texas League and played exclusively in right field after shifting in at first base with the Padres.
In his prime, Hawpe averaged 25 home runs and 93 RBIs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies.