Colorado Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to one-year contract; To be named closer?

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

It was widely expected that reliever LaTroy Hawkins would return to the New York Mets, but that will not be the case as Hawkins agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million dollar contract with the Colorado Rockies on Monday evening.

The deal will include a team option for 2014:

LaTroy Hawkins will receive 2.25 million in 2013 with a 250,000 buyout or 2.25 million option in 2014 w #Rockies

It will be Hawkins’ second stop in Colorado, as the journeyman reliever spent the 2007 at Coors Field.

The 41, soon to be 42-year-old reliever seemingly has aged like fine wine, ending the 2013 campaign with a 2.93 ERA in 70.2 innings for the Mets last season.

The signing prompted many to believe that Hawkins would slide into the set-up role, but according to Bob Nightengale who broke the signing, the Rockies will begin the season with Hawkins as their closer. That will push Rex Brothers into the set-up role.

In addition to the Mets, the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians were have said to have contract offers on the table.

Topics: Colorado Rockies, LaTroy Hawkins

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