The Rockies have made it clear they would like to trade Hawpe to open up more playing time for the recently recalled Eric Young Jr. But the Denver Post reported Wednesday that the Rockies are also considering designating Hawpe for assignment or releasing him if they can't work out a deal.
"They'd like to move forward," said an official of one team that's been speaking with the Rockies. "They haven't written off the year, and they don't want to appear like they're writing it off. But at this point, they think they're better with Seth Smith in the lineup every day and Eric Young in that super-utility role."
Hawpe was getting a lot of playing time at first base last month while Todd Helton was on the disabled list. But since Helton's return, he has failed to start five of the Rockies' last eight games. He's hitting only .252, with seven home runs, 37 RBIs and a .341 on-base percentage, in 299 plate appearances. He can be a free agent after this season.
Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com.