The Rockies' best player this year arguably was a former Minnesota Twins outfielder. Could one of Michael Cuddyer's ex-teammates join him in Denver?

Add LaTroy Hawkins, 40, to the growing list of relievers that the Rockies are interested in acquiring. The Mets are aggressively trying to keep Hawkins, who posted a 2.93 ERA in 72 games this year and finished as the team's closer.

The Rockies are eager to add a hard thrower, if not two, to help bridge the final innings. They have interest in Brian Wilson, Grant Balfour, Joe Smith and potentially Jesse Crain, depending how his shoulder checks out.

Hawkins is open-minded about returning to the Rockies, where he performed well during the 2007 season, working 62 games while serving as a clubhouse leader.