The New York Mets are continuing to tinker with the composition of their bullpen by adding veterans on minor league deals to compete for roles. The unit added an intriguing piece to the puzzle today as the team signed 40 year old LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal, MetsBlog.com reports. Hawkins signed a one year contract with an invitation to spring training, where he will compete for one of the many open positions in the Mets bullpen. Hawkins can earn up to one million dollars if he makes the Opening Day roster, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports via Twitter. Hawkins has bounced around the league for a while and has a lot of experience in the later innings, particularly as a setup man. Hawkins pitched for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 and compiled a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings. Hawkins offers some versatility for the bullpen and can become a mentor for the litany of youngsters the Mets are trying to use in the later innings. Hawkins can be a particular asset for Bobby Parnell, who is a guy that could eventually become a closer for the Mets.
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