It seems like the Padres are close to finding a (cheap) replacement for Adrian Gonzalez.
ESPN’s Buster Olney and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal are reporting that the Padres are close to signing former Rockies and Rays outfielder/DH Brad Hawpe.
Hawpe—who batted .245 with on on-based percentage of .338—split the 2010 season with both the Rockies and Rays.
He was considered a mid-season addition for the Padres last year, but San Diego went after Ryan Ludwick instead.
Hawpe, who hit nine home runs and 44 RBI, will most likely split time with Kyle Blanks at first base next season.
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