Hawkins returns to Rockies, could wind up as closer

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DENVER — LaTroy Hawkins is returning to the Colorado Rockies and the veteran reliever may just possibly wind up as their closer.

Hawkins agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The right-hander played an integral role in the bullpen for Colorado in 2007, when the Rockies made their only run to the World Series before being swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will be in contention for the closer role with left-hander Rex Brothers, who stepped in last season after Rafael Betancourt got hurt and finished with 19 saves.

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