Rex Brothers had just come off of a season in which he filled in admirably after Rafael Betancourt went down with an injury. It appeared as if he was a lock to be the Rockies’ closer of the future. Then, this off season, the Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins, apparently to take over the ninth inning duties. In an ESPN Insider Blog, A.J. Mass says that’s not necessarily the case.
Rockies owner Dick Montfort was asked recently if he trusted Hawkins to close out games this year…His response…was that while Hawkins still throws 94 mph, has excellent control, and was a leader on and off the field, he’s not an everyday closer.
In 2013, the lefty Rex Brothers amassed a 2-1 record and 19 saves in 72 games. He had an incredible 1.72 ERA, 10.2 K/9, and 2.11 K/BB.
LaTroy Hawkins, a righty who is entering his 20th big league season at age 41, had a 3-2 record with the Mets last season, recording 13 saves after Bobby Parnell went down with an injury. In 72 games, Hawkins put up a 2.93 ERA with 7.0 K/9, but a superb 5.5 K/BB ratio.