Jul 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox “asked about” the availability of Trevor Hoffman, but are one of five teams on his no-trade list.
Rosenthal notes that general manager Theo Epstein knows Hoffman from their days together with the Padres, but that was an awfully long time ago and I can’t imagine the Red Sox trusting that he could be dependable in even a middle relief role moving to the AL.
Hoffman bounced back from a brutal start to the season, quietly throwing 20 innings with a 2.70 ERA, .222 opponents’ batting average, and 16/6 K/BB ratio since mid-May, but the thought of a homer-prone 42-year-old with a low-80s fastball and 6.82 ERA trying to get AL East hitters out at Fenway Park … well, it doesn’t sound pretty.
- Bryce Harper pulled from Saturday’s game for not hustling 71
- Report: MLB likely to adjust rules for plays at home and transfer catches 18
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 17
- Giancarlo Stanton sends the Marlins to victory with a walk-off grand slam 22
- Jason Bartlett will retire after 10 years in the big leagues 11
- Hank Aaron is getting vile racist hate mail in retaliation for pointing out that racism still exists (248)
- “They Don’t Know Henry” (167)
- Doug Glanville’s story about being racially profiled at his own home (125)
- There is still a racial divide in baseball (112)
- And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights (96)