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Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to one-year deal to serve as closer

Nov 18, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

LaTroy Hawkins AP

LaTroy Hawkins had to settle for a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason, but he has found a new home as a closer just one year later.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies have signed Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, pending a physical. The Mets, Braves, and Indians were the other teams in the mix, but he jumped at the chance to close games for Colorado. His addition means that the hard-throwing Rex Brothers will slide back into a set-up role.

Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, is coming off an excellent season in which he posted a 2.93 ERA and 55/10 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings. He was impressive while filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell late in the year, going 13-for-16 in save chances. He hasn’t had that many saves since his age-31 season with the Cubs in 2004.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I was going to make fun of the idea of him closing out games, and then I remembered he probably won’t have that many chances.

  2. knowlegeforyou - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Oh snap

  3. artthoumad - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    IMO, I think the Rockies are giving him the closer gig with the hopes that he fails to the point where they have to
    give the job to Rex again. They just told LaTroy that he’s the closer to get him to sign. so basically they signed a veteran set up man for 5.25M.

  4. jkaflagg - Nov 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Obviously the Rockies must have that “anyone can close” philosophy that sounds so good and saves so much money….at least until they blow a few tight games and the season starts to swirl around the drain.

    Teams in the NL West face a big challenge going forward with the Dodgers spending freely at the major league level and internationally….a 41-year old closer says to me “we’re not ready to compete yet”…..

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      I still think the closer-by-committee idea tried by the Red Sox in 2003 wasn’t a bad concept….it was just being executed by Grady Little, who was, in retrospect, an enormous dumbass.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      You know, I don’t think Latroy Hawkins is what’s gonna make the Rockies season swirl around the drain…Paying top dollar for a relief pitcher would be monumentally stupid for a team in the Rockies’ position.

  5. phillysports1 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Are the Rockies trying to compete next season ?

  6. jfk69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    2.5 million a year blows Met offer away…LOL
    Alderson will now fill bullpen with 4 500k reclamation and hope projects. While saving Wilpon 500k a year.
    Met fans….Don’t expect any major signings this year either. In fact Sandy plans to take a page from Billy Beanes book. He swears he can get the payroll under 50 million and still compete. He states that if he didn’t have to sign David Wright to that massive contract. He would have been free to make better offers to the marginal players out there.

  7. straightouttavtown - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    LaTroy still got it. The velocity is still there. The passion is still there. And he pounded the strike zone more than ever before this past season. Not sure Coors would be the best place to sign given that the last time he went to a hitters park, he failed miserably in Yankees Stadium. But like I said, this guy got nine lives. I wouldn’t be surprised if he pitch till he’s 45.

  8. henryd3rd - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    As long as some desperate GM offers him millions to pitch why not?

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