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No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

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If the Chicago Cubs are ultimately able to move Milton Bradley, they will have to find someone to take over his right field duties (or center field, should Kosuke Fukudome slide back over to right). But that somebody won’t be Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe, who’d previously been rumored on the block.

It looks like one name is off the books as far as a trade for suspended outfielder Milton Bradley goes. Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd tells Hall of Famer writer Tracy Ringolsby that he’s not moving outfielder Brad Hawpe:

O’Dowd tells Tracy: “The Rockies understand the value of Brad Hawpe on the field and off. We have no desire to move him at all. He has leadership ability and commitment to the approach we feel is important for a team’s success.”

Hawpe is well-loved by Rockies’ fans, despite being a below average hitter (98+) away from friendly Coors Field. Hawpe is remembered by Cubs fans as the guy who hit the line drive that took out Mark Prior.

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