Closer Hawkins returning to Rockies for 2015

Denver, CO ( – LaTroy Hawkins will be back for a 21st major
league season after the Colorado Rockies exercised the veteran closer’s 2015
contract option on Friday.

Hawkins, whose 23 saves last season were his most since 2004, will earn $2.25
million in the coming campaign.

One of only 16 hurlers in MLB history to make 1,000 career appearances,
Hawkins went 4-3 with a 3.31 earned run average over 57 games with the Rockies
in 2014.

The right-hander, who will turn 42 in December, signed a one-year deal with
Colorado last November that included the option.

Colorado also announced it has outrighted outfielder/first baseman Matt
McBride to Triple-A Colorado Springs and off the 40-man roster.