Time for Padres and Hoffman to Part Ways

November 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm 6 comments


It has been no secret that the Padres are a team that is rebuilding. They are shopping Jake Peavy, arguably their best player and even contemplated not picking up Brian Giles‘ $9M option. After offering all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman a $4M one year deal the Padres have taken the offer off the table and Hoffman and “Hell’s Bells” will have to move on to another team.

The Padres are headed in a different direction and it is obvious that Hoffman isn’t a part of that direction. The Padres need to cut salary, not add to it. This was the right move by the Padres. They more than likely will end in last place in their division next season, if not the entire league, and they have Heath Bell ready to take over the closer’s role. Hoffman’s stuff has dwindled and it showed when he posted his worst ERA (3.77) since 1995.

Trevor Hoffman has played the last 16 seasons with the Padres (second longest active tenure) so it will be sad to see him go but it is move that has to be made if the Padres are serious about moving forward and rebuilding for the future.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Erik  |  November 11, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Tony Gwynn is rolling in his grave… I mean TBS broadcast booth. Can’t really fault the Padres, they are getting ready to deal Peavy, so they aren’t under any illusions that they don’t intend to compete for at least the next few years and they are doing Hoffman a favor in letting him walk. I see Cleveland in his future…don’t know why.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Good call on Cleveland. I also think the Brewers might be in on him. They just lost Torres to retirement and Hoffman will be cheaper (and better) than Gagne was.

  • 3. Erik  |  November 12, 2008 at 6:33 am

    You know I see Street being moved to Milwaukee (Macha) I think Milwaukee will move Weeks and someone else to Colorado. Gagne will probably latch on with the Mets as the 8th inning guy and I still see Hoffman in Cleveland.

  • 4. Charlie Nehl  |  November 12, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Yeah I see the Hoff, no not that Hoff, ending up somewhere where a closer is really needed that can’t afford to get in the KRod sweepstakes. I’m looking at the aformentioned Clevland and Milwaukee as well as Detroit.

    He could possibly latch on as a setup guy on a better rounded team, he’s into not closing anymore. Not bad for a career when you’re initially drafted by the Reds as a shortstop!

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  November 12, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I hope the Brewers don’t move Weeks for Street. They’ll take on more salary and Weeks needs to move to CF and off of 2B. If the Rox make that deal they will get the better end of it. Weeks will crush in Colorado.

    I agree Charlie, nice career for a guy drafted as a SS by the Reds.

  • 6. RYErnest  |  November 29, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Nice post u have here 😀 Added to my RSS reader


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