Report: Hawkins, Yanks reach agreement on 1-year, $3.75M deal

NEW YORK -- Moving to shore up their weak middle relief, the
New York Yankees reached a preliminary agreement on a $3.75
million, one-year contract with right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.

Hawkins' deal is subject to him passing a physical, a baseball
official familiar with the negotiations said Sunday, speaking on
condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized.

The right-hander, who will be 35 on Dec. 21, was 2-5 with a 3.42
ERA last season for the Colorado Rockies. He made $3.25 million and
Colorado declined a $3.75 million option, choosing to pay a
$250,000 buyout.

New York's middle relievers struggled last season, with Kyle Farnsworth and Luis Vizcaino pitching inconsistently for long
stretches and the Yankees converting Joba Chamberlain, a starter in
the minors, into a reliever for the final two months of the season.
Chamberlain became Mariano Rivera's primary setup man, but New York
plans on including Chamberlain in its starting rotation next year.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he hoped to re-sign
Vizcaino, who on Friday declined the team's offer of salary

Hawkins pitched for the Minnesota Twins from 1995-2003, then
moved on to the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and the Rockies. He made five postseason appearances this
year, allowing one run and one hit in five innings.

His decision to sign with the Yankees was first reported by