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Postby chinch sacs » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:18 am

from yahoo...

Report: Cubs to sign RHP Hawkins to three-year contract


December 2, 2003
CHICAGO (Ticker) - LaTroy Hawkins, one of baseball's premier setup men last season with the Minnesota Twins, reportedly is set to sign with the Chicago Cubs.

ESPN Radio 1000 reported Tuesday night that Hawkins has agreed to a three-year contract worth $11.2 million that could escalate to $15 million if certain incentives are met.

A team spokesman would not comment on the report, which said the deal could be announced as early as Wednesday.

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It would be a homecoming of sorts for Hawkins, who grew up in nearby Gary, Indiana.

A righthander who turns 31 later this month, Hawkins emerged as one of baseball's best relievers the last two seasons. In 2003, he was 9-3 with two saves and a 1.86 ERA in 74 appearances. Last year, the converted closer went 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 65 games.

Hawkins could close or set up at Wrigley Field, where Joe Borowski was 2-2 with 33 saves and a 2.63 ERA in 68 games in his first season as closer.

Signing Hawkins would be the second major offseason move for the Cubs, who acquired first baseman Derrek Lee from Florida since losing to the Marlins in seven games in the National League Championship Series.


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Postby Madison » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:21 am

That's a good deal for the Cubs. ;-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:24 am

Whoo Hoo.... ;-D

Remlinger....Farny...Hawkins....JoBo.....and the best thing of all....No Alfonsuca.... :-D
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Postby wrveres » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:37 am

DieHardCubbie wrote:Whoo Hoo.... ;-D

Remlinger....Farny...Hawkins....JoBo.....and the best thing of all....No Alfonsuca.... :-D


They could walk away with the Central next season.... ;-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:41 am

wrveres wrote:They could walk away with the Central next season.... ;-D


Still have a couple of holes...but Jim is doing a good job this off season.... :-)
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Postby wrveres » Wed Dec 03, 2003 1:47 am

DieHardCubbie wrote:
wrveres wrote:They could walk away with the Central next season.... ;-D


Still have a couple of holes...but Jim is doing a good job this off season.... :-)


Yep No kidding. All they need to do is address the defense up the middle. In some baseball circles, that is one of the most important parts to a team. Luis would have been nice ;-D
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Postby ramble2 » Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:30 am

That'll be a nice addition to the bullpen. Not cheap, but they didn't overpay either. Good pickup.
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Postby Lofunzo » Wed Dec 03, 2003 2:44 am

First, let me say that this is a very nice signing by the Cubbies. Let me also say that I find it interesting that the Cubs spend $4-5 million/year for a setup man/possible closer and it's all thumbs up. If the Yankees did that, most would be all over them. The bottom line is that a good signing is a good signing, no matter what team did it.
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Postby LBJackal » Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:45 am

Well I guess Kyle Farnsworth, my sleeper holds guy who I thought would be great, loses some value. Borowski and Hawkins will probably get all the saves and holds now.......
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Postby Swinger » Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:15 pm

What are the twins to do without Milton, Guardado, or Hawkins?
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