The Metsannounced they have signed free-agent RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
Hawkins, 40, had a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings of relief last season for the Angels.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, “His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph. However, “his 5.4% swinging strike rate was the lowest of his lengthy career.”
4:01 pm: If Hawkins makes the team, he will earn $1 million with the possibility of extra incentives (Davidoff, New York Post).
8:00 am: Even after signing Hawkins, the Mets are still looking to add relief pitching (Heyman of CBS Sports).
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
I like the strategy Alderson is using for the bullpen this winter. He is adding a lot of veteran guys on low-risk deals, throwing them up against the wall and hoping some of them stick. Last year, he awarded some large contracts to relievers – including the closer – and got the worst bullpen in the game. It’s not to say this strategy will work any better, but it’s better than allocating a significant percentage of payroll to guys who are ultimately crapshoots year-over-year.
In addition, should the Mets take some of these veterans out of camp, it will afford them some flexibility with guys like Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia by sending them to the minors, if necessary…