O's Acquire Hawkins From Giants

By Jorge Arangure Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 7, 2005

DALLAS, Dec. 6 -- The Baltimore Orioles struck a deal Tuesday to acquire reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the San Francisco Giants for left-handed set-up man Steve Kline, two American League sources confirmed today. The deal is likely to be announced later today.

Hawkins, who was 2-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Giants and Chicago Cubs last season, would likely replace B.J. Ryan as the team's closer. The Orioles ultimately hope that Chris Ray, a rookie last season, can take over the role. Hawkins was a disappointment for the Cubs, who signed the reliever to a three-year, $11 million contract prior to the 2004 season. Last year Hawkins blew six saves.

Kline was 2-4 with a 4.28 ERA in his first year with the Orioles. He had also not met expectations after signing a two-year, $5.5 million deal prior to last year. Kline had also not endeared himself to Orioles fans after telling a St. Louis reporter he had regretted leaving St. Louis.

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