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Saturday Rockpile: Christmas Comes a Day Early for Two Former Rockies

To echo Andrew's sentiment from earlier, I hope all of you have the merriest of Christmases. Share the time with your loved ones, and never take anything for granted.

Yesterday was a good day for a couple of key pieces to Generation R, as Brad Hawpe inked a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres, and will likely be their opening day first baseman. It will be interesting to see how Hawpe bounces back after an injury-riddled 2010 which saw him finally fall off from his unbelievably consistent four years prior. As we all know, the biggest hit of Hawpe's career to date came at Petco Park in September of 2007. Let's hope he doesn't get too many more of those.

In addition, Garrett Atkins signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reuniting with Clint Hurdle. Atkins will be brought to the Steel City on a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. Atty wasn't the only former Rockies farmhand brought in by Hurdle and the Bucs, as they acquired Corey Wimberly from Oakland for pitcher Ryan Kelly.

Finally, Troy Renck has this blurb regarding the Rockies' lack of urgency in trying to re-sign Joe Beimel.

That will do it for today. Enjoy all of the good things that Christmas has to offer (which hopefully includes some crucial new Rockies gear).