November 9, 2013

Hawkins Close To Returning?

Photo Courtesy of @Lets86It
LaTroy Hawkin's pursuit of playing on an eleventh team in his major league career may be cut short, as Kristie Ackert of the NYDN is reporting that he is likely to be retained by the New York Mets.  Ackert cites the fact that Sandy Alderson is in direct discussions with Hawkin's people as the reason for this assertion, stating that while no numbers have been exchanged, Alderson's involvement indicates a deal is close.

Hawkins, who will turn 41 this December, made just $1MM in 2013 and is likely in line for a raise of some sort.  He made 72 appearances for the Mets on route to posting an ERA of just 2.93.  He also stepped into the closer role following Bobby Parnell's injury, on his way to earning 13 saves with only one blown opportunity.
Hawkins had a terrific season with the Mets last year.  The only cause for concern has to be his age, however he pitched well into the 90s last season with what seemed little effort.  Provided this deal is struck at a number that doesn't obstruct the rest of the Mets' offseason plans I am all for it.  His experience is invaluable, as he may be able to tutor youngsters such as Jack Leathersich when he makes his way to Queens later next season.  It is also good to have another closer option if necessary.  Hopefully the two sides can get things worked out sooner than later and Alderson can move on to the bigger fish he has to fry.

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