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Hawpe headed south

Don't look for former Rockies teammates Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe to be reunited in the Cardinals outfield.

According to Fox Sports, Hawpe -- who was released earlier this week by Colorado -- is going to sign a contract to play the rest of the season for Tampa Bay.

Even though he hasn't had the best season at the plate, I thought Hawpe would be a low priced gamble for the Birds to take in effort to improve their offense. And, after Holliday was hit on the hand with a pitch last night which eventually forced him to leave the Cardinals game, the need for an outfielder would seem even more pressing...

In unrelated news, second baseman Kelly Johnson has cleared waivers. But I'm sure we're good in the middle infield, too.