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LaTroy Hawkins signs with Rockies

LaTroy Hawkins of the Mets pitches in the

LaTroy Hawkins of the Mets pitches in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. (Sept. 25, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

One of the few bright spots in the Mets' 2013 bullpen is headed elsewhere.

LaTroy Hawkins, who was 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 72 appearances last season, agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with the Rockies Monday. The deal will become official upon the 40-year-old passing a physical.

The Mets were interested in keeping Hawkins, who turns 41 Dec. 21, but ultimately, their offer didn't approach that of the Rockies, according to a source. Additionally, Hawkins, a critical member of the Rockies' bullpen in 2007 when they went to the World Series, was enticed back to Colorado because he would be given the opportunity to close.

Hawkins, after filling in for injured Bobby Parnell late last season, didn't do badly in that role for the Mets, going 13-for-16 in save chances.

Hawkins is 68-90 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 seasons, though he's gone 8-6 with a 2.96 ERA over the last three seasons with the Mets, Angels and Brewers.

It has already been an active offseason for Hawkins, who found himself in the headlines in late October. On his way to Argentina for a dove-hunting trip, Hawkins helped subdue an unruly passenger on his American Airlines flight from Dallas to Santiago, Chile. The plane was eventually forced to make an emergency landing in Lima, Peru.

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