stumpak wrote:Broxton is a shaky closer, and maybe not the guy you want on a team that aspires to the pennant. That said, Hoffman is not a slam dunk to be much of an improvement and carries his own risk. In other words, the Dodgers will be stuck with two sub-optimal options, which is classic Colletti. At least these guys cost less than Jones/Pierre and could contribute in other ways.
It's not that Hoffman is better than Broxton, it's whether or not he's better than their current 7th/8th inning options. It doesn't matter who is actually the closer, what is important is the the whole bullpen.
Good point, but but it looks like it is moot now. Hoffman is a better bet than Jorge Julio, that much I know:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Career saves leader Trevor Hoffman is closing in on a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the sides are near an agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn't been completed Wednesday night.
The 41-year-old Hoffman had pitched for the San Diego Padres since 1993, but the team recently withdrew its offer for next season.
Hoffman posted 30 saves last season, then became a free agent. The NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers showed considerable interest in the right-hander, but he instead was set to pick the pitching-needy Brewers.
Milwaukee won the NL wild card last year and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Philadelphia. Bolstering the bullpen was a big need for the Brewers this winter -- Salomon Torres, who led the team with 28 saves, retired and reliever Eric Gagne filed for free agency.
The Brewers recently signed reliever Jorge Julio, but kept looking for help.
Hoffman converted 30 of 34 chances last season, increasing his saves record to 554. The face of the Padres' franchise since Tony Gwynn retired, Hoffman had once hoped to hear 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.
San Diego finished last in the NL West, 21 games behind the Dodgers.
Hoffman was 3-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 48 games. He has saved at least 30 games in 13 seasons, another major league record, relying on a wicked changeup