Why the New York Mets Should Put LaTroy Hawkins on Waivers

Stephen SmithContributor IIIAugust 8, 2013

LaTroy Hawkins is pitching in his 19th MLB season.
LaTroy Hawkins is pitching in his 19th MLB season.Hunter Martin/Getty Images

It's time for the New York Mets to put LaTroy Hawkins on waivers.

Is that a crazy thought? The right-handed reliever is having a fine season for New York (3-2, 2.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 1 SV), but what is the point of having a 40-year-old pitcher on a team that is far out of the wild-card race?

It doesn't make sense.

Hawkins should be commended for maintaining a high level of performance in his 19th major league season. The Gary, Ind., native is hurling for his 10th MLB team and it's remarkable how efficient he has been at his "advanced" age.

He's just not a good fit for the Mets at this time. New York is hopelessly out of the wild-card hunt (10.5 games behind), so it's time for general manager Sandy Alderson to waive Hawkins and promote a young prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Hawkins will most likely be scooped up by a playoff contender, allowing a highly touted prospect like Rafael Montero to be called up to Queens to give the Mets a glimpse of the future.

Montero is a combined 10-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 22 games split between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas this season. It's time to bring him up and put him in the New York rotation.

Why wait?

A starting rotation that includes Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Montero will excite Mets fans during the dog days of August. Hawkins needs to be waived to clear the roster spot so that New York can plan ahead for 2014.

This season is shot.

Hawkins has done a terrific job for a struggling Mets contingent. It's time to tip your hat to him, say thanks for a job well done and move on.

It's the right thing to do.