Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hawpe finds security

Former LSU star Brad Hawpe knows where he belongs -- with the Colorado Rockies.

Hawpe signed a three-year, $17-plus million contract extension to stay with the only organization he's known since being drafted in 2000.

It's a move that should be mutually beneficial. By signing the deal, Hawpe gets financial and professional stability.

By locking Hawpe up, it gives the Rockies stability and payroll flexibility.

It certainly looks like the Rockies don't want to be one-year wonders. They've been aggressive with their free agents and young players, re-signing Hawpe, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, outfielder Matt Holliday and closer Manny Corpas to multi-year deals.

Only time will tell, however, if last year's run was a mirage or the start of something special in the Rocky Mountains.


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