Rosenthal also mentions the White Sox and Rangers as other possible fits, but notes that the Red Sox are unlikely to make a play for the lefthanded first baseman/outfielder.
In exactly 300 plate appearances this year, Hawpe has produced a .255/.343/.432 line, good for a league average .776 OPS. When you consider that Hawpe is a slow, poor fielding outfielder who will ultimately be relegated to first base duty only, this league average OPS is less valuable. After all, first base is the most competitive offensive position.
But don’t let the small 2010 sample dissuade you from recognizing the potential bench boost Hawpe would bring – from 2006-2009, Hawpe produced a very impressive .288/.384/.518 slash-line. The .902 OPS was 25% better than league average.
And the above numbers come without a caveat, because Hawpe was one of the few players who produced at essentially the same level at Coors Field and away from it.
Despite the line of thought that says “the Phils don’t need Hawpe, they already have two lefthanded hitting first basemen in Ryan Howard and Ross Gload,” I actually see Hawpe as a worthwhile signing.
Hawpe would be an upgrade over Greg Dobbs, and could potentially give the Phillies a postseason bench of: Gload, Hawpe, Francisco, Schneider, Valdez.
That is, by all means, an attractive bench. You would have two lefty power threats in Gload and Hawpe, a solid righty bat in Francisco, a backup catcher, and a superb defensive utility infielder.
If the Phillies decide to go with a six-man bench, which they probably would since a rotation of Halladay-Hamels-Oswalt doesn’t leave room for a ton of relief innings, Mike Sweeney would also likely find himself on the roster.
Dom Brown’s Immediate Future
A Hawpe signing would obviously leave Domonic Brown off the postseason roster (assuming the Phils get there).
Aside from his 441-foot bomb Wednesday night, Brown hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as a starter or pinch-hitter. As is common with most rookies, Brown’s poor plate discipline has kept him from producing at a high level.
But don’t be worried – he has shown flashes of amazing power in his brief tenure in The Show and this experience will assuredly prepare him for full-time duty next year.