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Rockies sign LaTroy Hawkins to work as closer

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Rockies have found their new closer in LaTroy Hawkins. (USATSI)
The Rockies have found their new closer in LaTroy Hawkins. (USATSI)

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The Rockies have signed veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a $2.5-million contract, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. As Nightengale notes, Hawkins for now is slated to work as the team's closer. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms that Hawkins will close and also reports that Hawkins contract will include a $2.25-million salary for 2014 and a $250,000 buyout on an option for 2015.

Hawkins, age 40, is coming off a 2013 season in which he posted a 2.93 ERA and excellent 5.50 K/BB for the Mets. For his career as a reliever, Hawkins has pitched to a 3.32 ERA in 845 appearances. He's also made 98 career starts but none since 1999. Hawkins spent 2007 with the Rockies, in which he logged a 3.42 ERA in 55 1/3 innings of setup work.

Colorado had been seeking a closer to replace Rafael Betancourt. The Rockies declined their half of a mutual option on Betancourt after the 38-year-old tore elbow ligaments late last season.

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