Hawkins’ Departure Could Leave Black as Mets’ Closer

LaTroy Hawkins agreed to a one-year contract with the Rockies, valued at $2.5 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Hawkins had stepped in as closer for the Mets in 2013 after Bobby Parnell injured his neck and eventually needed surgery. The Mets had wanted to retain him but were “blown away” by Colorado’s offer, according to The New York Daily News.

The deal likely means Vic Black, acquired from the Pirates in an August waiver deal along with Dilson Herrera for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, could begin the season as the Mets closer.

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged that possibility when asked about Parnell’s timeline.

Black, who began the 2013 season as the Pirates’ No. 16 prospect, was 3-0 with one save in 15 games with the Mets.