The Rockies have announced that they’ve exercised their option on closer LaTroy Hawkins, paying him $2.25MM rather than a $250K buyout. In addition, they’ve outrighted 1B/OF Matt McBride.
Hawkins, who will be 42 in December, posted a solid 3.31 ERA in 2014, striking out just 5.3 batters per nine innings but limiting walks, with just 2.2 BB/9. Hawkins continued to throw hard in his 20th big-league season, and his cheap option allows the Rockies to control him for another season without much risk. McBride, 29, hit .305/.345/.487 for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, but collected only 34 plate appearances in the big leagues.
McBride’s not a pitcher.
LaTroy Hawkins looks like he could pitch till he’s 50.
Great to see the old stager still going strong.
He’s one of my favorite players of all time! He is one of the most decent human beings that has ever played the game, and one of the most fan friendly players ever.
He’s cheap and still OK. Why not?