Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ex-Twins watch: LaTroy Hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins had 13 saves and 12 holds in 2013.
LaTroy Hawkins was reported Monday to have agreed to a contract with the Colorado Rockies.

The surprise to this free agent deal isn't so much that Hawkins found yet another major league pitching job. It's that he's supposedly to be the Rockies closer.

The Hawk had an excellent season for the Mets this year: 72 games, 70.2 innings, 2.93 ERA. He ended the season as the Mets closer, converting 13-of-14 save opps in August and September and not allowing a run, earned or otherwise, after Aug. 25.

Still, he has a lot of mileage on his arm (he turns 41 next month) and he hasn't had that heavy a workload since 2004 with the Cubs. Colorado, of course, is not an easy place to pitch. It'll be interesting to see if he keeps the closer job.

Hawkins has pitched for 10 of the 30 major league teams. This will be his second time around with Colorado (2007). He leads all active pitchers in appearances (943). And I assume he'll keep pitching until all 30 teams tell him he's done.

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