Padres pick Hawpe to bring stability to the middle of order
With Adrian Gonzalez in Boston, Kyle Blanks recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Anthony Rizzo destined for Triple-A, the Padres found themselves this offseason with a hole at first base for the first time since the mid-90s. Enter Brad Hawpe. The team signed the former Rockie, former right fielder to a one year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million.
Hawpe, 31, is coming off of a season in which he posted his lowest wRC+ (100) since 2005. Over the course of his career, he has posted a better wRC+ of 117 but no discussion on Hawpe can be taken serious without addressing the Coors effect.