The Colorado Rockies plan on keeping veteran right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Per Heyman, Colorado views the market as "limited" for Hawkins, having discussed possible deals with multiple clubs, including the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 41-year-old Hawkins, who is making $2.25 million this season, is a 20-year-big league veteran, having spent time at the big league level with 10 organizations. He has been excellent for the Rockies this season, posting a 2.92 ERA, 145 ERA+, and 3.59 FIP, along with 17 saves, in 37 innings pitched. Colorado plans on keeping him next season by way of a very reasonable $2.25 million club option.
The Pirates being connected to Hawkins is nothing new, as they have been linked to a number of relievers, though most have been southpaws. Pittsburgh's bullpen has been adequate this season, with a bigger need coming in the rotation, where the staff ranks last in the majors in WAR. As of right now, the Pirates seem to be one of the favorites to land left-hander Jon Lester from the Red Sox.