Author: Mike Florio

Brad Hawpe will go to Single-A for now after signing minor league deal with Rays


Brad Hawpe’s deal with the Rays is official. He signs a minor-league contract after being released by the Rockies earlier this month and will report to Single-A for now.
Hawpe hasn’t played since August 18, so the Rays will give him some at-bats in the minors and then likely call him up before rosters expand Wednesday, making him eligible for the postseason roster.
Hawpe’s performance in Colorado was sub par for his standards this year, but .255/.343/.432 is still reasonable production and he posted an OPS above .875 in each of the previous four seasons. He’s also a career .274/.369/.470 hitter with an average of 24 homers per 550 at-bats away from Coors Field, so as a part-time designated hitter who can give the Rays another solid left-handed bat against right-handed pitching Hawpe is a very worthwhile pickup
Plus, because the Rockies are footing the bill for his $7.5 million salary and $500,000 buyout for 2011 the Rays are on the hook for merely a prorated share of the minimum salary.

Poll: Are the Nationals to blame for Strasburg's injury?


I tend to think the answer is a pretty obvious “no” here.
After all, Stephen Strasburg averaged just 77 pitches per start in the minors and 92 pitches per start in the majors, never cracking even 100 pitches for the Nationals. If anything, his only big workloads came in college at San Diego State, where he regularly threw more pitches than the Nationals would have been comfortable with. Sometimes, pitchers just get hurt.
What say you?

Instead of September call-up, ex-A's prospect Grant Desme enters seminary


A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme retired from baseball in January to enter the priesthood and the 24-year-old former second-round pick officially begins his time at a seminary in California today.
Had he not given up baseball before the season Desme would probably be in line for a call-up when rosters expand on September 1. After all, he hit .288/.365/.568 with 31 homers and 40 steals in 131 games between high Single-A and Double-A last season and was also named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
Instead he’ll be at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange Country, where he’ll live as a monk as a part of a 70-person community. The whole process of becoming a priest takes 10 years, but Desme said back in April that he regretted nothing about his decision and “didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.”