Hawkins to meet with Astros
Free-agent pitcher LaTroy Hawkins was scheduled to arrive in town Tuesday afternoon to meet with the Astros, and perhaps other teams, with hopes of getting a deal done as soon as today.
Houston is searching for relief pitching after closer Jose Valverde informed the team late Monday he was declining arbitration. Hawkins worked his way into the Astros’ setup role last year and even spent time as closer when Valverde was injured.
Hawkins went 1-4 with a 2.13 ERA with 11 saves last season with the Astros at a base salary of $3.5 million. He wound up making close to $4 million including incentives, and the Astros have had a contract offer on the table for several weeks.