Rockies to add Hawkins to the bullpen

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Updated: November 19, 2013

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – The Colorado Rockies have reportedly agreed
to terms with veteran pitcher LaTroy Hawkins on a one-year contract.

According to the Denver Post, the deal is for $2.5 million and the contract
includes a buyout of $250,000 on a club option for 2015. The paper said the
deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled for later this week.

The right-hander, who turns 41 in December, will apparently be given the
opportunity to be Colorado’s closer after a solid 2012 campaign with the New
York Mets that saw him go 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 72 relief appearances.

Hawkins, who helped the Rockies reach their only World Series in 2007, also
saved 13 games down the stretch for the Mets when closer Bobby Parnell went
down with a herniated disc in his neck.

Colorado had hoped to bolster its bullpen this offseason, as closer Rafael
Betancourt is expected to miss the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy
John surgery. And with Hawkins on board, lefty Rex Brothers can resume his
role as a setup man.

Brothers filled in for Betancourt last season and converted 19 of his 21 save
opportunities.

Over the course of his 19-year career with the Twins, Cubs, Giants, Orioles,
Rockies, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, Angels and Mets, Hawkins has a record of
68-90 with a 4.37 ERA and 101 saves.