June 1, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe (11) looks back at the umpire after a strike out in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates sign former all-star Brad Hawpe

In what seems to be a growing trend, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added to their collection of corner outfielders when they came to terms with Brad Hawpe on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

June 11, 2011, San Diego, CA: San Diego Padres right fielder Brad Hawpe (11) avoids an inside pitch by the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

Hawpe has eight years of MLB experience and was an all-star when he was in the Colorado Rockies organization, where he hit 20 or more homers in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09.

Since then Hawpe has struggled, last playing in the majors in 2011 with the San Diego Padres, where he posted a line of only .235/.301/.645. Last season, Hawpe was with the Texas’ Double-A affiliate, posting a .260/.382/.382 batting line in 152 plate appearances.

In all likelihood, the Hawpe signing is nothing of significance. If he has a great spring training there is a chance for him to earn a bench spot, but with the cluster of corner outfielders the Pirates have, the odds are against that.

Hawpe would have been a nice signing six years ago.

In addition, the Pirates also signed catcher Lucas May to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

May played 12 games in 2010 with the Kansas City Royals and spent last season with the Mets’ top affiliate, posting a .215/.245/.348 batting line in 269 plate appearances.

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