Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 12/9/11
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 ...
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