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Pirates release Brad Hawpe

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The Pirates have unconditionally released Brad Hawpe. This is no surprise. There was really no chance of him making the team, given how clearly washed-up he was and the Pirates' lack of bench spots for outfielders, and my guess is that he was mostly in spring training as a courtesy. In any case, those of you worried about the Pirates opening the season with Hawpe on their roster can step back from the ledge now.