Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to one-year deal

Rob Carr

The 40-year-old's contract also includes an option for 2015.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one year, $2.25 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. The deal also includes an option for $2.25 million in 2014 with a $250,000 buyout. Along with the Mets, the Braves and Indians also showed interest in Hawkins this offseason.

Hawkins, 40, signed a minor-league deal with the Mets last offseason and excelled for the team after winning a bullpen role in spring training. The right-hander posted a 2.93 ERA in 70.2 innings with 55 strikeouts and just 12 walks.

The Mets will now have to turn elsewhere to improve their bullpen. It seems like a good bet that the team will spend cheaply on the bullpen again this offseason given the success with Hawkins and given the lack of success the Mets had when they spent on the bullpen in 2012. For now, Hawkins's departure leaves the Mets with fewer options on the free agent market than they had at the beginning of the day.

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