Report: Rockies planning to keep closer LaTroy Hawkins

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The Colorado Rockies are planning to hold on to 41-year-old closer LaTroy Hawkins as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates and five or six other teams were reportedly interested in the veteran, but Colorado wants to pick up Hawkins' $2.25 million option for 2015 and, according to Heyman, sees his presence as a boost in its young clubhouse.

Hawkins signed with the Rockies last offseason after a year with the Mets and was named the team's closer in February. He has 17 saves in 18 attempts in 2014 and a 2.92 ERA. 

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It was also reported on Wednesday that Colorado does not plan to trade pitcher Brett Anderson or shortstop Troy Tulowitzki by the deadline.

- Molly Geary

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