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Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Trevor Hoffman

Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close.

My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck his year was, so why not just ride off into the sunset? The future is way more likely to hold an Apollo Creed/Ivan Drago beatdown for those guys than it is to hold a return to All-Star form.

My second thought — and it wasn’t my thought:  Gleeman told me I was being too hard on Hoffman based on his second half numbers — is that things could theoretically work out for Hoffman.  While all of those early-season blown saves caught our attention, his second half — a 2.66 ERA in 20.1 innings with 13 strikeouts, six walks and 15 hits — was decent work. Decent enough to be worth a middle relief job, I’d say.  If we wants one and would be willing to take middle relief money, that is.

But as a closer? If Heyman is right and that’s Hoffman’s prerequisite for returning, we’ve likely seen the last of him, because I can’t think of a team that would take that chance.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    I can, Craig. Pittsburgh, Florida and Washington have little to lose in that department, and he’ll have even less press (and pressure) there if he screws up.

    I’m not surprised the all-time saves leader wants more saves.

  2. jfk69 - Nov 9, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Sure i’ll sign him…….He will be my closer with a starting salary of 100k and will receive 100k for each save and a 500k bonus when he reaches 30 saves and a one million bonus when he reaches 41 saves.

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