According to the Pirates Twitter account, they have signed outfielder Brad Hawpe.
Hawpe, 33, played parts of seven seasons in Colorado, thus being another Clint Hurdle connection. He saw no MLB action in 2012, and played just 35 games for the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers affiliate). In those 35 games, he hit .260 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
He’s a career .276/.368/.480 hitter at the major league level. Hawpe will not be on the 40-man roster, but he will be invited to spring training.
Hawpe seems to be just another player brought over from Hurdle’s days in Colorado, though it’s hard to see where he fits into the system. There really isn’t room for him on the big league team, since there are quite a few younger, better options. They probably don’t even need him to fill out the Triple-A roster, but maybe he’ll be a useful piece of insurance.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post offered this on Hawpe:
Hopefully Brad Hawpe can give it one last go… Health has been issue last few years, including elbow surgery
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 17, 2013