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Hawpe, Flores find new homes in AL

Hawpe, Flores find new homes in AL

DENVER -- Former Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe signed a deal with the Rays on Friday and will report to Class A Charlotte before working his way back to the big leagues.

With the signing, Hawpe and former Rockies reliever Randy Flores -- both designated for assignment last week -- have found new clubs. Flores was signed by the Twins earlier this week.

An All-Star a year ago, Hawpe hit .255 with a .776 OPS, seven homers and 37 RBIs in 88 games for the Rockies this season. The 31-year-old spent most of his time in right field, but also played six games at first base. From 2006-09, he averaged 25 homers and 93 RBIs per season.


Flores, who posted a 2.96 ERA with 13 walks and 18 strikeouts while holding opposing lefty hitters to a .220 batting average, was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Wednesday. Minnesota will be responsible for about $150,000 remaining on his contract this season, after which he will become a free agent.