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    • LATROY HAWKINGS ANOTHER GOOD ADDITION
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  • saztastic2012

Mets sign LaTroy Hawkins
January 31st, 2013 8:00 am
The Mets have signed free-agent RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Bob Nightengale at USA Today.

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.”

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8:00 am: Even after signing Hawkins, the Mets are still looking to add relief pitching, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:

I like the strategy Alderson is employing 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…

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  • 1/31/13
  • murphstates

It's fine for a no risk minor league deal. The only concern is his age and second half performance last year.

First half: 23 games/20 IP/1.35 ERA/1.2 WHIP
Second half: 25 games/22 IP/5.73 ERA/1.545 WHIP

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  • 1/31/13
  • saztastic2012
Think he wore down?
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  • DFAB

"Think he wore down?"

That is a very strong possibility given his age. I'm hoping the Mets add Wilson/Capps or both.

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  • 1/31/13
  • murphstates
That's what I was thinking. His worst month was August and he only threw four innings in Sept./Oct.
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  • ewok54
No risk signing. May have worn down. Not "the" answer, but maybe a patch. If he gives us 25-30 good appearences and wears down, that's fine. Byrdak was no spring chicken. He wore down. That's what happens with guys pushing 40. Just rotate them to keep them fresh. It like platooning in the bullpen.
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  • 1/31/13
  • 4545_ajd
Hawkins is an odd case, he is a right handed lefty specialist.
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  • 1/31/13
  • AdrianMonk


Token :)

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  • 1/31/13
  • METMAINEAC

My how times have changed...

Applauding low risk washed up signings.

"ANOTHER GOOD ADDITION" -Just take a step back and evaluate that statement.

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  • saztastic2012
It seems like the mets will be adding another arm or two, Either a retred closer like K rod or a guy who can start and if he does not make the rotation (which most likely he wont) he can fall into the back end of the pen.
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  • 1/31/13
  • saztastic2012
Well we need to protect him then, Limit his use in the first half, Looking at how many innings he had under his arm before he started to falter and maybe make sure he does not reach half of that before the ASB, I also think pitching at Citi should lessen his pitch count.
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  • 1/31/13
  • Gepett0

actually id go the other route

burn out his arm by aug, see if we can find anyone stupid to take him at the deadline for a fringe arm and replace him w/ a young kid that we leave in AAA to get more seasoning

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  • viper99
Agree, good signing.
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  • marvelousmarvin
He's Stephen Hawking's brother. Hawkings can warp space time, thus baffling hitters.......
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  • PigIron
Mets are signing players that have little or nothing left in the tank.
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  • marvelousmarvin
Mets are looking for a diamond in the you know what. Not a bad strategy. Some may have nothing left and others might still have it. It worked with RA.
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  • 1/31/13
  • saztastic2012
AS long as he gets the job done:>)
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  • 1/31/13
  • saztastic2012
wASHED UP? Do you even watch baseball?
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  • 1/31/13
  • saztastic2012
Thats one way to go.
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