LaTroy Hawkins had to settle for a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason, but he has found a new home as a closer just one year later.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rockies have signed Hawkins to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, pending a physical. The Mets, Braves, and Indians were the other teams in the mix, but he jumped at the chance to close games for Colorado. His addition means that the hard-throwing Rex Brothers will slide back into a set-up role.
Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, is coming off an excellent season in which he posted a 2.93 ERA and 55/10 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings. He was impressive while filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell late in the year, going 13-for-16 in save chances. He hasn’t had that many saves since his age-31 season with the Cubs in 2004.
The Red Sox continue to move on Tuesday. After acquiring Tyler Thornburg and Chris Sale earlier, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox have now agreed to a one-year deal with 1B/DH Mitch Moreland. The value of the deal is not yet known.
Moreland, 31, had a career year in 2015 but his numbers slipped quite a bit this past season. He finished with a .233/.298/.422 triple-slash line with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 503 plate appearances.
The Red Sox haven’t confirmed, but it would make sense if Moreland took over at first base and Hanley Ramirez moved to DH.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Orioles made a four-year contract offer to slugger Mark Trumbo several weeks ago, but it’s now off the table. As a result, Heyman notes that the Orioles have called on Chris Carter, who was recently non-tendered by the Brewers.
Trumbo, 30, is coming off of a terrific offensive season. He led the majors with 47 home runs while knocking in 108 runs and hitting .256/.316/.533. The O’s, however, may balk at Trumbo’s asking price considering he was still only worth 1.6 Wins Above Replacement in 2016, according to Baseball Reference. That’s because his power is really his only above-average attribute and he cuts into his value by playing abysmal defense.
Carter, soon 30 years old himself, is similar to Trumbo in a lot of ways. He hit .222/.321/.499 with 41 home runs and 94 RBI in 644 plate appearances this past season. The O’s may feel they can come close to replacing Trumbo’s bat at a much cheaper price with Carter.