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Trevor Hoffman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (50) / 10/13/1967
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Arizona
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 11 (0) / CIN

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Trevor Hoffman told Barry M. Bloom of that he has decided to retire.
"It's time to retire. It's time to move on," said Hoffman. "This is more of a self-evaluation. I expect to pitch at a certain level and I had to be honest with myself that I wasn't certain I could maintain that anymore." Hoffman, who turned 43 in October, posted a 5.89 ERA last season and wasn't going to find a chance to close in 2011. He'll accept a role in the Padres front office, instead. Mariano Rivera may pass him eventually, but Hoffman is the current all-time leader with 601 saves. He's ticketed for Cooperstown. Tue, Jan 11, 2011 04:59:00 PM

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Trevor Hoffman told's Adam McCalvy on Friday that he's still hoping to pitch in 2011 but that interest has been "sparse."

Hoffman finished with an ugly 5.89 ERA over 50 appearances for the Brewers in 2010. His numbers were strong over the last few months of the season, but he turned 43 in October and may be asking for a bit too much in the way of salary. He indicated to McCalvy that he might simply call it quits. "I haven’t really engaged in the continual workouts like I’ve done in previous years," said the all-time MLB saves leader, "and it’s been a little refreshing. I’m hoping it will bring clarity into the decision."
Fri, Dec 24, 2010 01:51:00 PM

According to Buster Olney of, Trevor Hoffman continues to indicate to teams that he wants to be a closer.

Hoffman, 43, had some interest in joining the Diamondbacks earlier this offseason, but that option is off the board now that the club has signed J.J. Putz. With an abundance of relievers still available and only so many closer jobs to go around, we may have seen the last of the all-time saves leader.
Wed, Dec 15, 2010 09:16:00 AM

The Brewers and Trevor Hoffman have an agreement that the veteran will decline the club's arbitration offer.

This makes sense. Now, if Hoffman signs elsewhere, the Brewers will get a sandwich pick. The 43-year-old is unlikely to return to Milwaukee after posting a 5.89 ERA in 50 appearances this past season.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 07:41:00 PM

The Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration.

This is a stunner that can only be explained by a back room handshake agreement between Hoffman and the organization that guarantees he won't accept the offer. There's really no other explanation, because Hoffman made a $7.5 million salary in 2010 to produce a 2-7 record and 5.89 ERA in 50 appearances. He just turned 43 and simply doesn't have the stuff to be a reliable reliever anymore. The guess here is that Hoffman, a Type B free agent, has agreed to do the Brewers a favor after his putrid season. Arizona reportedly has interest and Milwaukee would net a sandwich pick if he signs elsewhere.
Tue, Nov 23, 2010 07:28:00 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he will consider signing Trevor Hoffman.

The all-time saves leader recently told Barry M. Bloom of that he would be interested in signing with the Diamondbacks and it appears that the interest is at least somewhat mutual. "He's been one of the most consistent closers that there's ever been in this game," Towers said. "I think you'd be nuts if you didn't at least consider somebody like Trevor Hoffman." Of course, Towers is Hoffman's former general manager in San Diego, so it's possible he is just being kind to one of his former players. The D-Backs need a closer, but with an abundance of relievers available this winter, Hoffman may be forced into retirement.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 11:31:00 AM

Trevor Hoffman told Barry M. Bloom of that he is keeping his eye on the Diamondbacks' closer situation.

The Diamondbacks just hired Kevin Towers, Hoffman's former general manager in San Diego, so it makes some sense on the surface. "I've known K.T. for such a long time and I figured having a little history there would help," said Hoffman. "But I don't know. I'm coming off a tough year. I don't know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate." Hoffman, 43, that he is only willing to return for another season if a team will let him close games. The Diamondbacks' bullpen was a complete mess this past season, but it would be tough for any team to hand Hoffman the ninth-inning gig at this point.
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 06:24:00 PM's Jon Heyman reports that Trevor Hoffman is willing to return for the 2011 season if a team will let him close games.

Hoffman finished the 2010 season on a strong note, collecting his 600th career save and lowering both his ERA and WHIP considerably, but he just turned 43 and simply doesn't have the goods anymore to be a reliable ninth-inning stopper. There's a good chance Hoffman will hang up his cleats.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 09:25:00 AM

Brewers declined RHP Trevor Hoffman's $7 million option for 2011.

As expected. Hoffman's buyout increased from $500,000 to $750,000 when finished his 35th game of the season on September 26. With 600 saves out of the way, it's not known if we've seen the last of "Hells Bells."
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 05:28:00 PM

Trevor Hoffman believes that he will not be back in Milwaukee next season due to the size of his contract and the presence of John Axford.

Hoffman will always be remembered in Milwaukee for recording his 600th save. But the Brewers are not going to pay a 42-year-old $7.5 million to be a set-up man. As for his future, he is not sure which teams will be after him. Even if there is interest among other teams, Hoffman is unsure whether he would even want to continue pitching.
Sat, Oct 2, 2010 10:02:00 AM

Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 600th save Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Hoffman has crafted quite a career out of a poor fastball and an elite changeup, but it's now nearing the end. There really isn't a reason for the Brewers to choose Hoffman over Axford for the next save now that the record has been achieved, but perhaps they will just so it doesn't look like they took advantage of the veteran for an attendance boost. Keeper league managers should be confident that Hoffman won't be a closer next year.
Wed, Sep 8, 2010 12:49:00 AM

Brewers manager Ken Macha said he is not saving Trevor Hoffman so he can get his 600th save at home.

Hoffman, who has been sharing closing duties with John Axford lately, is sitting at 599 saves, and Milwaukee will begin a six-game homestand Monday. But Macha said that he is "only concerned with winning games, not being ceremonious," so he'll use his bullpen the best way he sees fit, not with save No. 600 for Hoffman, who is sitting at 599 saves, in mind.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 11:31:00 AM

Trevor Hoffman and John Axford will share closing duties, according to Brewers manager Ken Macha.

The worst fear of Axford owners has been realized -- the rookie is removed from the undisputed closer's job despite posting a 3.00 ERA, 43/13 K/BB rate in 36 innings and converting 16 of 17 save chances. Hoffman, meanwhile, has a 6.25 ERA over 36 innings. To be fair, the veteran has a 1.42 ERA in his past 19 outings, including nine consecutive scoreless appearances. Of even more pressing concern to the Brewers is that Hoffman's march to 600 saves might put fannies in the seats. He's currently at No. 597.
Sun, Aug 8, 2010 07:44:00 PM

Trevor Hoffman picked up his sixth save of the season on Saturday in the Brewers' defeat of the Astros.

John Axford has not been used since August 3, so it's a bit curious that he was not asked to close out the victory. Maybe the out-of-contention Brewers want to help Hoffman reach the 600-save milestone. He threw a perfect ninth inning on Saturday and is sitting on 597 career saves right now.
Sat, Aug 7, 2010 09:53:00 PM

Trevor Hoffman, who was the subject of the inquiry by Boston, has reportedly told the Brewers he'd prefer to stay in Milwaukee.

Hoffman could have rejected a trade to Boston, but since his no-trade cluase blocks just four other teams, the Brewers could move him if they wanted to. They're expected to keep him, though.
Fri, Jul 30, 2010 04:50:00 PM

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