Sep 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins (32) delivers to the plate during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

LaTroy Hawkins to Sign with the Rockies

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today via Twitter, LaTroy Hawkins will sign with the Colorado Rockies, pending a physical.

The contract is being reported as worth $2.25 million with a $2.25 million option for 2015 and a $250,000 buyout. Hawkins will reportedly close for the Purple Squad, his second stint with the Colorado crew, having pitched there in 2007.

Hawkins was heralded as a leader on and off the field for the New York Metropolitans in 2013. To go along with a 2.93 ERA, 5.50 K/BB and 7.0 K/9 in 70 2/3 IP, he was a great clubhouse presence, providing solid veteran leadership for an otherwise young team.

Thoughts: Though he will be 41-years-old in 2014, he is coming off one of his better seasons in what soon will be a 20-year career. He had interest from the Mets, Braves and Indians, and as stated above, for good reason.

I was in favor of bringing the reliever back, and though it is disappointing he will not be returning, it does not make or break the 2014 Mets campaign. I wish him all the best out there in Denver. Except against the Mets.

Commentary from Danny Abriano:

The Mets reportedly wanted Hawkins back, but clearly weren’t going to give him the opportunity to close (nor were they likely to include an option year as part of any potential deal).

Hawkins signing with Colorado won’t be viewed in these parts as Hawkins signing with Colorado.  Instead, it will be viewed as “the Mets can’t afford LaTroy Hawkins,” which is almost certainly nonsense.

Hawkins had a very solid year in 2013 and was good in the clubhouse.  That’s all well and good, but the Mets’ pressing issues are finding two outfielders, a shortstop, and a starting pitcher.  Much further down that list, is finding a middle reliever.

The 2014 bullpen will likely contain Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, and Carlos Torres.  That leaves two spots for Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Joel Carreno, whoever else the club brings in, and whichever minor leaguers are invited to camp.

Hawkins signing elsewhere elicited a shoulder shrug from me.  That’s not to discount how well he performed in 2013 or how well respected he was in the clubhouse.  But the Mets have much bigger things to worry about than losing a soon to be 41 year old who would’ve been a middle reliever for them in 2014.


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