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Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Best Bargains #6 – LaTroy Hawkins

January 24th, 2014 at 10:07 PM
By Kyle Brosnan

Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in 2014 as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets ( i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown on Tuesdays with the number seven and work all the way to number one. Inspired by the current free agent market, this week’s countdown looks at the best Mets signings under $1 Million since 2000. Today we continue the countdown with reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

#6 – LaTroy Hawkins

LaTroy Hawkins came to the Mets prior to the 2013 season as a 40-year-old journeyman reliever with a ton of miles on his arm. In nineteen major league seasons, the right-hander has played for ten different teams. He signed a minor league deal worth $1 million in the winter with an invite to Spring Training. In 2012, Hawkins went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Few expected Hawkins to make the team, let alone make the sizeable impact he made last season. 

Hawkins was lights out in Spring Training, throwing 5 and two-thirds innings of shutout ball. His performance was good enough to earn himself a spot on the opening day roster.   He started slow in the regular season, frequently giving up home runs and posting an era over five by the end of April. 

The summer brought the best out of Hawkins as he posted a 2.70 ERA in June and July and posted a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He posted his best stats after August, when he assumed the closer’s role after Bobby Parnell was lost for the year due to injury. 

After assuming the closer’s role, Hawkins posted 13 saves—his highest total since 2004—and held opposing hitters to a .243 batting average. In addition to his 13 saves, Hawkins finished 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA on the year in 70.2 innings. 

Met fans hoped that Hawkins would return this upcoming season, but he signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal to close for the Colorado Rockies. The Mets couldn’t guarantee him an opportunity to close with Bobby Parnell returning from injury and Hawkins jumped for one last run at a closer’s spot.   

Mets 101 Seven in Seven series – Best Bargains continues tomorrow as we look at Endy Chavez

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