Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitchers Tim Byrdak (left) and LaTroy Hawkins (right) play with puppies on the field before a game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The North Shore Animal League brought puppies to the field as part of a promotion to find shelter dogs adoptive homes. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LaTroy Hawkins 'likely' to return to New York Mets

Despite being one of the oldest players in Major League Baseball, LaTroy Hawkins had a marvelous 2012 season. That attracted interest from multiple teams looking to acquire the free agent, though, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, it’s ‘likely’ Hawkins will return to the Mets:

LaTroy Hawkins is likely to be back as the Mets’ veteran leader in the bullpen in 2014. The Mets are one of two teams that have contacted the righthander, and a source close to the situation said it is “likely to get done.”

Hawkins, who began his Major League career in 1995 is coming off three straight solid seasons, so the Mets (among other interested parties) are hoping that trend will continue.

The Indiana native is also coming off a season in which he tossed 70.2 innings, the most he’s thrown since 2004, so hopefully there’s no regression given the extended work load.

No contractual terms have been released on a potential deal, though, it shouldn’t be more than a one or two year deal worth a few million dollars. Hawkins is coming off a base $1 million dollar salary in 2013.

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