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The Mets and reliever LaTroy Hawkins are unlikely to reach a deal before the free agent market opens, a source said (Newsday).

According to multiple reports, there is mutual interest in working out a deal for 2014.

“When you’re talking about the future of the organization, 2014 and all the young guys, to have a quality guy like LaTroy Hawkins among those young guys would be a real benefit,” Terry Collins said at the end of the season. “Certainly, if he wants to come back and we’re talking about all these young relief pitchers coming up, it would be nice to have him around.”

The 40-year-old Hawkins went 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA out of the bullpen, posting a 1.146 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings. Hawkins also notched 13 saves after Bobby Parnell’s season ended.

Hawkins had a fantastic season, and I’ve heard he is very much open to a return in 2014. He was a low-risk, high-reward signing this past winter, and he was a great value all season long. He dealt with a triceps strain in the second half and some fatigue over the final week of the season, but was able to pitch through both issues at a high level and finish the year strong.

It would be nice to have him back. Hawkins signed a minor-league deal last winter. He made a little more than $1 million when all is said and done. I'm sure he wants to hit the open market, get a sense of his value and then start negotiating with the Mets and any other team interested. He's a valuable pitcher on many levels and obviously will leverage that as best he can to get a guaranteed deal this winter.

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