The New York Mets have added another veteran arm to their bullpen as they signed 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins. The right-hander agreed in principle to a minor-league deal with the Mets, and will have a shot to make their final roster. If Hawkins were to make the major league roster for the Mets, it would be his tenth team in his nineteen-year career. He pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last year and finished the season with a 3.64 earned run average.
The Mets have been reasonably quiet this off-season, as they continue to shed payroll and hold on to top prospects. Although the team has made a conscious effort to get younger as a club, they have signed seasoned veterans in an attempt to bolster their shaky bullpen. With their starting rotation set for the time being, New York has stockpiled veteran relievers. Last week they signed former Met left-hander Pedro Feliciano, 36 and right-hander Scott Atchison, 36, both to minor league deals. Incumbent closer, Frank Francisco’s role is far from safe, as General Manager Sandy Alderson has brought in a group of cheap, veteran arms to compete with him. Although Hawkins is a seemingly solid pickup, it would not be surprising to see Alderson sign at least one or two more relief pitchers, as there are still some cheap options left in the market.
Mets’ pitchers and catchers report in just over a week on Monday, February 11th as another MLB season will soon be upon us.