Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Trevor Hoffman Era Ends in San Diego...

The Trevor Hoffman era has officially ended in San Diego.

Hoffman agreed to a one-year contract worth $6 million on Thursday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced.

Hoffman can make an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses, based on games finished.

The 41-year-old right-hander had pitched for the Padres since 1993, becoming the face of the franchise after Tony Gwynn retired. Hoffman converted 30 of 34 chances last season, increasing his saves record to 554.

Hoffman became a free agent but still hoped to hear the gongs of his trademark warmup song — AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” — in San Diego for the rest of his career. Contract talks with the Padres soured, however, and the team pulled its offer of $4 million for 2009 with a club option for $4 million in 2010.

Amazing; however, if John Smoltz could leave Atlanta, then anything can happen.

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