The Rockies have signed right-handed relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, 34, to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. LaTroy will work primarily in the eighth inning, filling Jose Mesa's old role. (This signing does not necessarily preclude a Mesa encore in Denver, however.) Hawkins is one of a long list of Cubs relievers to earn my father's eternal enmity during his 2004-05 stint in Chicago, but I have nothing personal against the guy and one-year deals for relievers are free agency's get-out-of-jail-free cards. Hawkins and Colorado have a mutual option for 2008.