The Yankees are aggressively shopping right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, two rival executives say, intending to clear a spot for a reliever who currently is at Class AAA. Righty J.B. Cox, who missed all of last season after undergoing elbow-ligament transplant surgery, is one candidate; he began the season at Class A, but has since moved to AAA, where he has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings. Righty David Robertson, who began the season at AA, also has been impressive at AAA. Hawkins, signed to a one-year, $3.75 million free-agent contract, has a 6.08 ERA in 22 appearances . . .
Well I think there actually will be takers for Hawkins, though obviously no one will give up anything good. If nothing else though, there should be a team willing to pick up the remainder of his salary.
Last year for the Rockies, Hawkins posted some good numbers – but as we know, New York is where good bullpen arms come to die. Put Hawkins back in the NL a similar environment as he had last year, and he’ll probably be decent again.
It will forever astound me how these relievers can be so good elsewhere and so bad pitching for the Yankees, time and time again.