The Texas Rangers signed a first baseman, and his name isn't Prince Fielder.
Instead, the Rangers reached a minor league deal with Saginaw Boswell product Brad Hawpe on Friday. Hawpe has an invitation to major league spring training, and will compete for a spot on the 25-man roster.
Hawpe, 32, had Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June, but is expected to be fully recovered when spring training begins next month. Before the season-ending surgery, Hawpe hit .231 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 62 games with San Diego.
Hawpe is best known for his time with the Colorado Rockies from 2004-10. He had 20 or more home runs for four conesecutive seasons with the Rockies from 2006-09, including a career-high 29 in 2007 when the Rockies reached the World Series.
Hawpe grew up in the Fort Worth area, and went to Saginaw Boswell. He helped the Pioneers win the Class 4A state title in 1997. After high school, he played at LSU and was part of the team that won the 2000 College World Series.
-- Drew Davison