Tag:Trevor Hoffman
Posted on: September 22, 2009 11:26 am

Trevor Hoffman has more left

It appears that Trevor Hoffman could be back for another year with the Brewers.  Hoffman has made it known that he'd like to return and GM Doug Melvin confirmed he's opened to the idea.

Teams have an exclusive 15-day negotiating period with their free agents after the World Series before they go out on the market and according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ,  Melvin indicated he would like to cut to the chase and get something done with Hoffman during that period.

"A lot of people said he didn't have anything left," said Melvin. "He's done a good job with his (conditioning) program here. (Trainer) Roger (Caplinger) has worked with him on that and I know Trevor has been appreciative of that."
Category: MLB
Posted on: February 23, 2009 3:28 pm

Odds and Ends: Rivera, Hoffman, Pie

A few links on a slow Monday afternoon in the baseball world...

Posted on: January 20, 2009 8:48 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2009 9:57 pm

Long-Term Deal Coming for Heath Bell?

By agreeing to a one-year, $1.225MM deal earlier today, the Padres and Heath Bell avoided the potentially distasteful process of exchanging figures, and Bell avoided the always distasteful process of getting dressed up.

Now, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the two parties  may soon come to terms on a multi-year extension.

Regarding the likelihood of such an extension, Padres GM Kevin Towers stated, "We explored it in September for probably about a month. It's something we're still open to. I imagine that's something we will explore in the next couple days. I don't see this thing dragging out."

Bell, set to replace Trevor Hoffman as the Padres' closer in 2009, had a 3.58 ERA in 78 innings in 2008.

Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:44 am
Edited on: January 8, 2009 1:00 pm

Brewers Agree To Terms With Trevor Hoffman

11:40am: Haudricourt now says Hoffman's deal does not have a 2010 option.

10:24am: Tom Haudricourt says Hoffman gets $6MM in '09 with $1.5MM in incentives, plus the 2010 club option.

9:42am: ESPN's Buster Olney says the Brewers have agreed to terms with Hoffman on a one-year deal with an option.

9:20am: Bloom and McCalvy say the Brewers faxed a term sheet to Hoffman's agent.

8:36am: MLB.com's Barry Bloom and Adam McCalvy heard from a source that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Trevor HoffmanThe AP says the same.  The deal would be for one year with an option for 2010 and is "pretty close" to happening according to the source.

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Posted on: January 6, 2009 11:13 am
Edited on: January 8, 2009 9:46 am

Brewers, Dodgers Pursuing Hoffman

11:27pm: Ken Rosenthal says the Brewers have emerged as the frontrunner for Hoffman.

10:19pm: Bill Shaikin says Hoffman will make his decision Thursday.  Kevin Towers said tonight that the Padres "just don't have the money" to retain their longtime closer.  He added that if Hoffman would've accepted their $4MM offer they it would've been hard to exercise Brian Giles' $9MM option.

9:07pm: Tom Haudricourt spoke with Doug Melvin and Melvin believes that the Brewers have a legitimate shot at landing Hoffman.  He does not believe the team is not being used to drive up the offer from the Dodgers. Melvin is confident based on his previous work with agent Rick Thurman. Melvin and Thurman have agreed to speak again tomorrow morning.

4:11pm: Jon Heyman believes the Brewers are making a stronger move for Hoffman.

3:36pm: Both offers from the Dodgers and Brewers are for one year with a club option, and both exceed $4MM.  Hoffman's agent (Rick Thurman) expects to have a deal within 48 hours.  A requirement of Hoffman signing is that he is the closer.  The Brewers have not heard back today from Thurman yet.

11:19am: Brown has confirmed that the Brewers made an offer as well.

WEDNESDAY, 8:43am: Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times says the Dodgers offered Hoffman a one-year contract worth more than $4MM.  Hoffman would take the ninth inning in L.A.  Buster Olney confirms the one-year offer as well, but neither Olney nor Shaikin mention the club option Brown did.

TUESDAY, 11:11pm: Yahoo's Tim Brown says the Dodgers offered Hoffman a one-year deal with a club option.  Brown suspects the Brewers have made an offer as well.  Hoffman is "thought to prefer Southern California," though he might have to take a setup role in L.A.  At this point, the Padres have not reconciled with Hoffman or restored their offer.

8:16pm: Haudricourt says the Brewers have to battle geography if they hope to win the Hoffman sweepstakes.

6:37pm: Hoffman is in discussion with the Brewers over the "parameters of a contract" according to Ken Rosenthal. His source, who has knowledge of the negotiations, says, "It's got legs."

5:37pm: Jon Heyman echoes the Brewers and Dodgers are in the running and that Hoffman "could sign in coming days." Heyman reiterates Hoffman's interest to say close to his "home base" in Anaheim, CA.

1:21pm: Hoffman's agent says they have mutual interest with the Brewers, though Haudricourt got the impression they may seek two years.

10:13am: Tom Haudricourt talked to Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who indicated Trevor Hoffman is the team's top choice to fill the closer role.  The two sides have talked parameters and Melvin hopes to learn his chances soon as discussions continue.  The Brewers' main competition might be the Dodgers, but Hoffman would have a lock on the ninth inning in Milwaukee.  Haudricourt believes the Brewers want to do a one-year deal with an option.

Posted on: January 6, 2009 9:50 am
Edited on: January 6, 2009 10:06 am

Rosenthal's Latest: Swisher, Nady, Kapler, Zaun

The latest from Ken Rosenthal.

  • A recent Ned Colletti-Scott Boras conversation about Manny Ramirez didn't result in progress.  Boras still has his sights on at least $100MM over four years.  Rosenthal adds that Manny is "cool to the idea of playing in San Francisco."
  • Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady are drawing "significant interest."  Rosenthal speculates that the Giants, Braves, or Pirates would make sense.
  • The door is not closed with the Yankees and Andy Pettitte.  Pettitte recently rejected the Yanks' one-year, $10MM offer.
  • Some Mets people prefer Oliver Perez to Derek Lowe.  The Braves have yet to speak to Boras about Lowe, while the Brewers and Phillies have financial concerns about fitting him in.
  • Trevor Hoffman has a West Coast preference (the Dodgers or maybe a Padres reconciliation) but interest with the Brewers is mutual.  Other relievers on the Dodgers' radar: Juan Cruz, Guillermo Mota, and Dennys Reyes.
  • Brian Fuentes' agent had serious talks with the Yankees, but no offer was made.  Fuentes would've been Mariano Rivera's set-up man and perhaps taken over upon his retirement.
  • Rosenthal notes that MLB kicked in a small part of the $10MM owed to Sidney Ponson from their luxury tax pool, which is not uncommon.
  • If they can afford it, the Rays would like to sign Gabe Kapler.
  • The Orioles, Red Sox, and A's are interested in Gregg Zaun.
  • Perhaps because of the cool market for his services, Orlando Cabrera is willing to play second base.  The Yankees did not have interest.
  • That Gavin Floyd for Brian Roberts rumor "seemingly arose from internal discussions among Orioles officials."
Posted on: January 5, 2009 11:05 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2009 11:20 pm

Dodgers Rumors: Manny, Andruw, Saito

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times has the latest on the Dodgers, as well as free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez.

  • Nothing much to report with Manny Ramirez - there has been no new offer from the Dodgers yet but the two sides are still talking.  That two-year $45MM offer Scott Boras dissed isn't looking too bad anymore.
  • Boras is "just looking for a situation" for Andruw Jones.  I see.  Boras had a meeting in November with Ned Colletti and Joe Torre and the three decided to rework the contract and get him out of L.A.
  • Hernandez says Trevor Hoffman remains a possibility but the Dodgers haven't heard back from Takashi Saito.
  • The Dodgers are not pursuing Pedro, but he's narrowed his choices to two teams in each league according to his agent.
  • Diamond Leung tells us the Dodgers signed infielder Juan Castro to a minor league deal.
Posted on: January 5, 2009 7:40 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2009 1:08 am

Cardinals Rumors: Smoltz, Carpenter, Lyon

11:53pm: More from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Strauss suggests GM John Mozeliak hopes to swap an outfielder for a closer-quality arm.  Any suggestions?

Strauss adds that the Cardinals inquired on John SmoltzAt least seven teams have shown some level of interest in Smoltz, who most expect to return to Atlanta.

8:20pm: The Associated Press has a slightly different take on the Cardinals' approach to a closer. La Russa told the AP that Chris Carpenter could return to the bullpen if the club deems that move will be the best scenario for both parties:

"We want Chris pitching for us, and if I was told he couldn't be healthy throwing 100 pitches every five days and he could be a reliever, I'd take him as a reliever."

6:36pm: St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that the Cardinals will likely look at Chris Perez or Jason Motte to close games in 2009, but La Russa also hinted that the team could sign a starter with the thoughts of moving the addition to a ninth-inning role.

La Russa said he'd like to give Perez and Motte more time to mature in the minor leagues before moving them into the role of closer for the Cardinals.

La Russa also mentioned that the list of starters who could be converted into a closer's role is short, Leach writes. La Russa noted that the Cardinals do not want to convert one of their current starters into the closer.

La Russa said that Jason Isringhausen will not probably return to the Cardinals.  The Cardinals could sign a free-agent reliever such as Juan Cruz or Brandon Lyon.  Cruz is unlikely due to his Type A status, however. The Cards remain cool to the possibility of signing Trevor Hoffman.

La Russa did not shut the door on a closer with health issues, such as Takashi Saito or Chad Cordero. Leach also noted that club's front office has expressed significant reservations about signing any players who are health risks.

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