ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have re-signed outfielder Brad Hawpe to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Double-A Frisco. Hawpe was released by the Rangers in the final week of Spring Training but was unable to find a job at the Major League level.
Hawpe will play first base and designated hitter at Frisco while building up enough arm strength to play the outfield. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August and was not able to throw from the outfield during Spring Training.
The Rangers signed him originally in the offseason as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland had trouble coming back from wrist surgery. But Moreland had no problems and the Rangers couldn't find room for Hawpe on their bench. He also had some hamstring problems during the spring.
But he was 6-for-26 with two doubles and a home run at the plate and the Rangers believe he can still hit. So they are willing to give him a chance to play his way back into outfield shape at Frisco. He will report there on Saturday.