Outfielder Brad Hawpe and Rockies agree at $3,925,000, avoiding arbitration

Updated: February 14, 2008, 10:15 PM ET
Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Outfielder Brad Hawpe and the Colorado Rockies agreed Thursday to a one-year contract worth $3,925,000, a deal that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Hawpe had asked for a raise from $403,000 to $4.35 million after he helped the Rockies advance to the World Series for the first time. Colorado filed at $3,575,000.

In addition to his salary, Hawpe can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 600 and 675 plate appearances.

Hawpe batted .291 last season with 29 homers and 116 RBIs. He was the last Colorado player remaining in arbitration.

Reliever Brian Fuentes, who saved 20 games last year, had his hearing Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla., arguing for an increase from $3,525,000 to $6.5 million. Colorado asked arbitrators Robert Bailey, Dan Brent and Elliott Shriftman to award him $5.05 million.

A decision was expected on Friday.

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