LaTroy Hawkins will reportedly leave the Mets for the fine school system in Denver. Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted Monday night that Hawkins will assume the closer role for the Rockies.
The deal is reported to be for one year at $2.25 million with an option for a second year. If the option is declined, Hawkins gets $250,000.
Although Hawkins pitched extremely well for the Mets in 2013, saving 13 games after Bobby Parnell went down, this really is not that big of a deal. The Mets have several young arms who can fill the bullpen. And do not forget, LaTroy Hawkins will pitch as a 41-year-old in 2014.
It is a bit surprising, though, that Sandy Alderson would not pay $2.5 million for Hawkins. That is not too much money for a player who not only performed on the field last season, but was said to be a positive influence in the clubhouse, especially with the Mets young arms.
If this is a harbinger for spending this off-season, then do not expect any quality new faces on the Mets next year. Or perhaps Alderson is saving his money for bigger moves.