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Reports: Rockies to release Hawpe

Reports out of Colorado indicate that the Rockies plan to -- if they haven't already -- release right fielder Brad Hawpe within the next day or so.

If that's the case, how can the Cardinals pass up on a chance to sign him for the rest of the season?

Hawpe is having a down year with a .252 batting average and only seven homers. But he's hit at least 22 homers in each of the previous four seasons with a combined batting average of .288 during that stretch.

In short, he's sort of like a lefty Ryan Ludwick in terms of production. And the Cardinals could use the outfield help since they had to part with Ludwick in order to land desperately needed pitcher Jake Westbrook.

I've been a big supporter of Jon Jay, who has done the bulk of the heavy lifting in right field since Ludwick's departure. But the offense is a little too thin as it stands and it's too much to expect Jay to be an impact player during the playoff push in his rookie season. This is a rare chance to get ahold of a very good major league player for nothing but cash. The Redbirds ought to be all over it.