Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hoffman goes with the Brewers

In the race between the Dodgers and Brewers for the services of Trevor Hoffman, it was Milwaukee that came away winners.

Hoffman agreed to a 1-year deal worth $6 million with incentives worth up to $1.5 million. He technically has to pass his physical first before the signing is official, but I would guess that's just a formality.

As I originally said a few days ago, the Brewers looked to be the favorites from the start. Hoffman was refusing to do anything but close, and that's what the Brew Crew desperately need. In LA, he could have been the closer with Jonathan Broxton the setup man, but maybe he wasn't convinced that he'd be the full time closer with Broxton around. And for that, I can't blame him.

So now the Dodgers have Hong Chih-Kuo, Cory Wade, and Broxton at the back end of their bullpen, and that looks pretty good. They still can sign a guy like Dennys Reyes or Juan Cruz to get even better.

By the way, if you're feeling down about missing out on Hoffman, here's a funny blog post written by ESPN's Eric Karabell talking about how lousy he might be in Milwaukee.

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