New York Mets: LaTroy Hawkins Has Shot at Roster Spot This Spring

Mets NewsThe New York Mets inked veteran reliever, LaTroy Hawkins, to a minor league deal with a spring training invite on Thursday. Hawkins will compete to not only make the roster, but provide setup man innings with Bobby Parnell and Scott Atchison  as a bridge to Frank Francisco.

New York has been busy rebuilding a bullpen which struggled at times in 2013. Atchison and Pedro Feliciano have also been brought to the Big Apple and join: Josh EdginGreg Burke, Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia and Aaron Laffey as the spring competition. Hawkins is a natural fit to compete.

The 40 year old right-hander has both closer, setup and starting experience and has resurrected his career providing quality relief innings after the age of 35, posting a 3.38 ERA in 240 appearances with four different teams in that span.

Entering his 19th season, Hawkins has an excellent shot to make the Mets’ roster and should thrive in a pitcher’s park, providing more experience than all but three major league pitchers. In 2012, Hawkins, who has also pitched for nine other teams in his career, posted a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings in the competitive AL West for the Angels on a three million dollar salary.

The signing represents low risk as it is just a minor league deal, but high upside if Hawkins can continue to harness his late-aged success and provide cheap and valuable late inning relief appearances to a team on a budget.

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Vince Mercandetti
Vince Mercandetti was born in NY, grew up in NJ and now resides in the Orlando, FL area. He comes from a family of life-long Yankees' fans dating back to when his grandparents went on dates to watch Joe Dimaggio play in the 1940's. A Quinnipiac University graduate, Vince majored in Broadcast Journalism and has been published in multiple online publications ranging from his passion for the Yankees to finance. He has also worked for ESPN, ESPN Radio (in West Palm Beach) and WTNH (An ABC affiliate in New Haven, CT).