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The veteran reliever will get a shot at making the bullpen out of spring training.
The New York Mets have brough yet another possible bullpen arm to the orgnization Wednesday evening, signing veteran right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
The #Mets signed great guy LaTroy Hawkins to minor league deal w Spring Training invite— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 31, 2013
An 18-year veteran, Hawkins spent the 2012 season in the Angels' bullpen. Primarily working in low-leverage situations, the right-hander posted a pretty decent 3.64 ERA and 4.9 K/9 rate in 42 innings of work, missing some time mid-season with a broken pinkie finger.
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Other than three anomalous seasons in his prime, Hawkins has never had much success racking up strikeouts -- he owns a career 6.0 K/9 rate -- but the right-hander has found success when he is able to keep his free passes to a minimum.
The right-hander has played for eight different organizations in his 18 MLB seasons, but this will be his first chance at throwing in the NL East.