40-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins says he’s not ready to retire, and Terry Collins would love to him back on the Mets in 2014, according to the Bergen Record.
“When you’re talking about the future of the organization, 2014 and all the young guys, to have a quality guy like LaTroy Hawkins among those young guys would be a real benefit,” Collins said. “Certainly, if he wants to come back and we’re talking about all these young relief pitchers coming up, it would be nice to have him around.”
According to the Daily News, there is mutual interest between Hawkins and the Mets about a reunion next season.
Hawkins is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 67 relief appearances this season, during which he has struck out 52 batters and walked 10.
He has pitched in 938 games since making his big-league debut in 1995.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Through all of the injuries to the younger pitchers on the team, it’s the 40-year-old Hawkins who has remained on the field all year long. He has been fantastic, showing a great ability to adapt and adjust to his varying roles. When he was asked to be the team’s closer, a job he would prefer not to have at this stage of his career, he put his head down and filled the hole left by Bobby Parnell.
In addition, Hawkins has played a key leadership role for the younger arms on the staff. Anyone I’ve talked to about Hawkins has had nothing but positive things to say about him, pointing out how he’s helped every step of the way. He has a very positive and outgoing personality, and someone who could play an important role for this team going forward, especially with the younger pitchers in the pipeline.