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Report: Brad Hawpe Placed On Waivers; Braves Interested In Clint Barmes

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Rockies have placed Hawpe on waivers:

The Rockies remain on the fringes of the wild-card race, 8 1/2 games back in the NL West, five out in the wild-card race. Rather than buy before the Aug. 31 deadline for setting postseason rosters, they could try to improve from within, turning to younger, more athletic players.

The team took a step toward that end Monday, placing outfielder/first baseman Brad Hawpe on trade waivers, according to a major-league source. Hawpe, batting .175/.309/.333, since the All-Star break, already has lost playing time. If the Rockies move him, they would create even greater opportunities for outfielder Seth Smith.

Ken Rosenthal is hit or miss on these types of things, but there is a very likely chance that this is true. Hawpe is dead weight on this team, but the Rockies won’t give him up for nothing. He’s still a possible starter at first base for the Rockies next season.

Rosenthal also reports that the Braves are interested in second baseman Clint Barmes.