The Colorado Rockies and LaTroy Hawkins finalized a one-year deal worth $2.5-million dollars today after passing a physical Friday morning. He was initally signed by the Rockies on 11/18.
Hawkins is set to be 41-years-old come December and is supposedly going to be the closer for the Colorado Rockies. Even though most fans would agree that Rex Brothers should in fact close, Hawkins however, will provide flexibility in the bullpen. Hawkins is on his second stint with the Rockies, after he joined the team before the 2007 season. If you remember correctly, this was the year the Rockies made it to the World Series to eventually get swept by the Boston Red Sox. So LaTroy to the rescue?
The Rockies do have other needs to address as they wouldn’t commit another $5-million to signing Carlos Ruiz, after offering the veteran a two-year deal worth $15-million dollars. Ruiz’s agent requested at least $20 million but the Rockies said no. He would end up re-signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in a 3-year deal worth $26-million. They are currently looking for needs at first-base, starting pitching, and an outfield power bat.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post said if the Rockies would indeed trade someone, it would most likely be Dexter Fowler. Fowler will be making around $8-million next season, and is coming off of an injury riddled season in which he only played in 119 games. He started off the month of April strong showing monster power as he slugged out eight home runs, but finished with 12 on the season. If he is in fact traded, expect someone to be in a package with him for a starting pitcher.