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Rumor: Red Sox "asked about" Trevor Hoffman

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.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    No it doesn’t. Give him a call for old time’s sake Theo.

  2. BC - Jul 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    They’d be better off with Hoffman. Then they could staple Manny Delcarmen to the bench. Dude’s cost them about 8 games this year. Never seen a straighter fastball (except mine, maybe. But I could never break low 80′s, Delcarman has hit 98).

  3. Pisano - Jul 29, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    ” Never seen a straighter fastball ” Check the Fat Toad in New York . Sounds like Delcarman and the Toad ought to be put on a deserted island until they’re both in their sixties so no team would be tempted to sign either them.

  4. YankeesfanLen - Jul 29, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    That’s the spirit! Haven’t had a chance to pick on Mr. Balk FAT TOAD all day! Isn’t the deserted island near Pittsburh or Kansas City or Baltimore? Will have to google earth that.

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