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.
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