The Colorado Rockies are planning on keeping closer LaTroy Hawkins, according to Jon Heyman. Earlier this week we heard that the Pirates were interested in the closer, and Heyman says that the Rockies talked with the Pirates and a few other teams about him. Instead of trading him, Colorado will pick up his $2.25 M option for next year.
It’s not a move that makes much sense for the Rockies, since it’s a good market to trade relievers and Hawkins is 41-years-old. As for the Pirates, it’s not a big loss, since Hawkins isn’t really pitching like a good upgrade for the bullpen.
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