The Colorado Rockies' new closer is an old familiar face. On the first day of spring training Monday, Hawkins was given the job by manager Walt Weiss.
Hawkins was a member of the Rockies in 2007 when they lost to Boston in the World Series. He saved 13 games last season for the New York Mets. With fond memories of his earlier one-year stint with the Rockies, Hawkins said it was a "no-brainer" to sign a one-year deal with Colorado. The Rockies made several offseason moves to bolster a bullpen that had a National League-worst 4.23 ERA last season.