Pirates Sign Brad Hawpe, Invite Cole and Taillon to Spring Training

Per a team press release, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed outfielder/first baseman Brad Hawpe, and have made the Lucas May signing official. Both players will be invited to Spring Training as non-roster invitees. In the same release the Pirates announced that Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon would both receive an invite to major league Spring Training.

Hawpe has a career .276/.368/.480 line in 2907 major league at-bats, although he’s struggled since leaving Colorado in 2010. He spent the 2012 season in the Texas farm system, playing at the Double-A level. The lefty hit for a .260/.382/.382 line in 123 at-bats. He was cut mid-season, and didn’t sign with another team. Hawpe is in a good situation as a lefty in PNC Park, although I doubt he returns to his old Coors Field numbers. The Pirates have so many first base/right field options that I don’t see Hawpe making the majors without an injury or trade.

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joe g.

Tim, any idea what the rationale is for signing this guy given the the number of corner outfielders/ first basemen we have?

John Dreker

They seem to be stockpiling guys for the RF/1B job. If everyone remains, the Spring AB’s are going to be hard to come by for all these guys. Look at the list for those two spots, counting the obvious ones that will make the Opening Day roster:

Only Curry doesn’t have a ST invite, but he could/should still be added. Hawpe may be a favor to Clint Hurdle, give him a ST look, but also he gets a look from 29 other teams. There are other OF’ers in ST too already, Felix Pie, Darren Ford and obviously Cutch/Marte

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