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Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 11:49 am
 
Hoffman The only way Trevor Hoffman will return for another season is if a team allows him to close, says SI.com's Jon Heyman .

Hoffman lost his closer's job to John Axford after beginning 2010 bombing in the role he had occupied for 15 seasons. He was able to notch 10 saves, however, to crack the 600-save barrier and finish with 601 saves. He finished with a 5.89 ERA, the highest of his career, although that ERA is tied up in a first-half mark of 8.33. In the second half, his ERA was back down to 2.66.

Hoffman will likely not find many offers coming his way, but his strong finish to the season and career track record could get him some nibbles from a team looking for a low-cost option to close games. If he was willing to come in and compete -- but not necessarily win the closer's job -- he would likely find more nibbles.

A list of teams that could be prepared to hand Hoffman the closer's job outright:

Arizona Diamondbacks : New GM Kevin Towers is certainly familiar with Hoffman, having had Hoffman as his closer from 1995-2008. 'Zona just so happens to have a better bullpen on its priority list. Could a reunion be in order?

Florida Marlins : Hoffman's original team has a void up top as the club soured on Leo Nunez and could non-tender him at the arbitration deadline. They have internal candidate Clay Hensley, but he isn't thought to be a viable closer and isn't banging on the door regardless. Hoffman returning to Florida to close his career could be a nice way to cap his career and give Florida a name to market in the final season of play at Dolphin Stadium.

Tampa Bay Rays : The Rays have a blank slate in the bullpen and have to rebuild it from top to bottom. Asking Hoffman to survive in the AL East may be too much to ask, but the club is slashing payroll and Hoffman could be the perfect solution.

Toronto Blue Jays : Another AL East team declined the options on Kevin Gregg, the 2009 closer. That opens up a chance for Hoffman to head north of the border on a team that could drive for a postseason spot.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

Nice way to disrespect the All Time Saves Leader, Your nothing but a moron!



Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

Hoffman was selected by the    in 11th Round (288th overall) of the    amateur entry draft (June-Reg). Hoffman played    and    for the Reds' Single-A affiliate  .
Hoffman was selected by the    in the  .

As a Padres fan since 1978: I have to admit that Hoffy needs to ride into the sunset and retire! This man has given everything he has for the past 18 yrs! He is and will always be the all time closer...That record will NEVER EVER be broken.

Out!



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:33 am
 

Time to hang them up!

Hoffman is baseball's Favre. He is over the hill and should take a cue from John Smoltz who retired last year. Smoltz was pitching better than Hoffman when he hung it up!  GO quietly Trevor. SHUT UP and go bye bye!



Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:18 am
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

After this ive lost a bit of respect for him...He is sounding selfish by saying he only wants to close...It sounds like he only cares about his own stats and not winning or helping a team win. He already has HOF numbers so this is just retarded. Either hang it up or dont hang it up...But if you keep playing you sure as hell better not complain about your role on the team.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:11 am
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

For you that think that Hoffman is "awesome," let me point out he WAS awesome but now he is just an old jock wanting to hang on after the fat lady has sung.   He eventially doesn't care if he hurts a team or loses games that others could save.   He also WAS a class act but now he is just pathetic. Frown



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:07 am
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

Trevor, if you wanted to be a closer, then you might want to consider doing it in another league.  This league has passed you by, and your 50 mph circle changeups aren't going to cut it any more.  Sure when you were throwing 90 to 75 in your hay day you were wanted.  You're not that guy any longer and its time to deal with that fact.  Hang up your cleats and go into the HOF as a Padre (incidentally the same team that cut you because you no longer have it either).

Peace Mr Hoffman.  Thanks for winning me a few Fantasy leagues.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:22 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

As a Jay fan, I would rather have Gregg back then Hoffman!



Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

I believe it is time to retire. The guy was great no question. Billy W is also a class act and he understands it is time. He is going out in a blaze of glory.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

awesome?   Are you serious?  Does he ever close a big game?  Yankees pounded him when he had a shot to extend World Series. Colorado pounded him in the play in game. And that was when he was good. Another example of a guy who does not know when to walk away. As a Yankee fan i hope he goes to Tampa. He isn't surviving in the AL East.



Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Hoffman will return in 2011 if he closes

The guy is awesome...I hope someone gives him a shot


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