The Colorado Rockies are now in the full swing of the 2013 off-season. They are in the early stages of putting together the 2014 version of their team, starting things off by signing veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins. The signing is a solid one; the decision to name him the closer upon signing him, however, might have been premature.
Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies:
I love Hawkins. I remember how he got off on the worst foot for us in 2007, ruining three games in the first ten days or so. For a brief time he was public enemy number one, but he ended up being one of my favorite roleplayers on that 2007 roster. I remember him giving Troy Tulowitzki the pie in the face during a postgame interview. Those of you who have been following me for some time know I love the bullpen guys. Hawkins represents exactly the type of player I have the most fun watching.
Free-agent first baseman Kendrys Morales serves as the most tantalizing and potentially beneficial move the Rockies can make this offseason.
Morales hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last season, numbers that will certainly inflate in the thin air of Coors Field.
Snaring Hawkins was actually the second major move the Rockies have made this offseason. Two weeks ago, the Rockies picked up the $4.25 million mutual option on right-handed setup man Matt Belisle, even though Belisle struggled in 2013, going 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA.