Hawpe disclosed that he had been having discussions with management and ownership for the last few days and that it was a mutual decision.
"In six weeks, I was going to be a free agent," Hawpe said, "So we had a bunch of discussions the last few days with [GM] Dan [O'Dowd] and talked with ownership and [vice chairman] Dick [Monfort] and they said, 'We have guys in the outfield who have to play, and are younger and going to be with the team next year.'"
They then gave Hawpe the choice of what he wanted to do.
"You can continue to play or we can give you the chance to go," Hawpe said, revealing their discussion and adding that they told him, "There are a lot of other teams out there that need you in their lineup, and need you to play with them."
While Hawpe was obviously disappointed to be leaving the team he's been with since being drafted in 2000, he was also philosophical about what lies ahead.
"I've been given an opportunity now," he said, "so I'm going to run with it."
Hawpe singled in his only plate appearance on Wednesday.
"I wasn't expecting to be doing that," Hawpe admitted. "I wasn't ready, but they said the needed me to pinch-hit and it was nice to get that hit."
That reiterated what Hawpe had said before the game about his focus, despite the speculation.
"There is nothing you can do," he said. "You have a job to do and you just do it until you're told not to. ...
Manager Jim Tracy liked what Hawpe brought to the clubhouse.
"He sets the tone as to how a winning Major League player conducts himself," Tracy said.
Hawpe was also glad that he had the chance to share good-byes with his teammates.
"I've been talking with the guys for a few days, they all know what's going on," he said. "It's all just part of the game. I'm going to be sad, obviously."