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Veteran slugger Hawpe signed to Minor League deal


ANAHEIM -- The Angels agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with veteran left-handed hitter Brad Hawpe on Wednesday.

Hawpe, a right fielder and first baseman, will report to extended spring workouts in Tempe, Ariz., for four or five days, then head to Triple-A Salt Lake. There, he'll essentially replace Kole Calhoun, who's expected to be out six weeks after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured hamate bone in his right wrist.

Hawpe, 33, last played in the Majors with the Padres in 2011 and has posted a .276/.368/.480 slash line in 893 games spanning eight seasons. With the Rockies from 2006-09, he hit .288 while averaging 25 homers and 93 RBIs per season.

But Hawpe had Tommy John surgery in late 2011, appeared in only 35 games for the Rangers' Double-A affiliate last year -- batting .260 with three homers -- and was granted an unconditional release from his Minor League deal with the Pirates in late March after batting only .139 and striking out 18 times in 36 at-bats.

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