Trevor Hoffman, who had been with the San Diego Padres since 1993, was FAXED a Dear John letter.
Hoffman, the closer who has the most saves of all time (554), had been the face of the franchise since Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn retired.
Hoffman made $7.5 million dollars last year (30 saves), and was offered a $4 million dollar 1-year contract, which he was prepared to sign. However, the Padres withdrew the offer, and closed the door in his face; they even refused to sit down and talk to him about it.
Padres owner John Moores is going through a divorce, and wants to cut team costs, so he screwed Hoffman, and wants to trade ace Jake Peavy.
Bad time to be a Padres fan.
Hoffman is now a free agent, and probably still wants to close, although I imagine he’d be a set-up man if the price was right. Note: Hoffman, 41, is a one-inning pitcher and doesn’t hurl many innings, but he can still help any team.
Hoffman was known as a nice professional guy who loved San Diego (he pitched 16 seasons there, and probably could have made millions of dollars more pitching for East Coast teams). It’s a shame John Moores and CEO Sandy Alderson disrespected Hoffman like that. A fax? No talking? Come on, guys!
It’s one reason why I take a player’s side over an owner’s side 99% of the time. Teams use players up and then dump them. Hoffman’s legacy and repuation takes a hit by having his team dump him like that.
All that being said, I know there were many people saying that Hoffman was better than Mariano Rivera; and I think at this point we can see that no matter how many more saves Trevor has, Rivera is clearly in a class by himself (a legend and an icon).
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