Originally written on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Signed RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year, $3 million contract. [12/7]

Depending on your perspective, Hawkins has either terrible or fantastic timing. If he hoped to make a splash by signing with the Angels—well, he’d have had to have been delusional, for one thing, since he’s, you know, LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins himself tweeted yesterday that he’s “Been riding stealth mode [his] whole career.” That’s a generous way to put it—it’s not as if Hawkins was hiding his greatness and deserved to be a bigger name—but if he intended to deactivate his cloaking device and start making headlines at the age of 39, he signed with the wrong team at the wrong time. On the other hand, if he wanted to give himself another shot at an elusive first World Series title, he could have done worse than making his ninth major-league team the one that was about to sign the best hitter and pitcher on the market. Then again, maybe we’re selling Hawkins short and the sequence of events actually went something like this:

DiPoto: We’d like an answer, Albert. We’ve offered you $254 million. Plus incentives. And we caved on the full no-trade clause.
Pujols: I don’t know… I still kind of like the Cardinals.
DiPoto: Also, we have LaTroy Hawkins now.
Pujols:  …You’re just mentioning this now?
DiPoto: Well, we just brought him in yester—
Pujols: Where do I sign?

Save for a dominant three-season stretch early last decade for the Twins and Cubs, Hawkins has been a fairly unremarkable reliever (not that there’s anything wrong with that). That’s likely what he’ll be again in 2012. His 70- and 80-inning seasons are long behind him; these days, he’s more of a 40-50-inning guy who can be counted on to hit the DL once or twice a year. Don’t be deceived by that shiny ERA from last season; only one of Hawkins’ flies left the yard last season, and while he’s moving to a more favorable park where fly balls are concerned, that kind of home run rate can’t be sustained. Still, he doesn’t walk many batters, and he keeps the ball on the ground more than most—more than all but six other pitchers last season, actually, though that kind of worm-burning was a bit out of character. As a primary setup man, Hawkins is a stretch, but he won’t hurt the Angels while he’s out there. The question is how often he’ll be out there.—Ben Lindbergh

Traded LHP Jarret Martin and RF-R Tyler Henson to the Dodgers for LHP Dana Eveland. [12/8]

I’ll keep this brief, since the thought of Eveland in the AL East is making me sad. When you just turned 28 and you’re deemed dispensable because your team just signed Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano, it’s safe to say that your stock isn’t especially high.

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