The New York Mets suffered their first free agent defection this winter, and it was not one they were expecting. LaTroy Hawkins, who the Mets wanted to bring back after a strong 2013 season, signed a one year deal worth 2.5 million dollars with the Colorado Rockies, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Hawkins, who recorded 13 saves and pitched to a 2.93 ERA in 72 appearances last season, will now become Colorado's closer.
Hawkins, who also received a team option for 2015 in his contract, was reportedly blown away by Colorado's offer. While the Mets were interested in bringing Hawkins back as a veteran mentor for younger bullpen arms Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, it appears they were outbid by the Rockies for Hawkins' services. Hawkins sent out a tweet shortly after he signed the deal thanking the Mets organization and their fans for the opportunity to pitch in New York.
While some will criticize the Mets for being cheap with Hawkins, the team option and opportunity to close games would have likely won out for Hawkins if the deals were similar. Hawkins was a strong arm for the Mets in 2013, but there are plenty of veteran arms out there who can pitch in the late innings. The Mets will likely sign a veteran reliever with a similar pedigree to Hawkins for a bit cheaper than Hawkins would have been. Either way, the Mets will now need to add a veteran set up man to their shopping list this winter.
You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!Tags: Baseball, Colorado Rockies, LaTroy Hawkins, MLB, New York, New York Mets