The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports the Milwaukee Brewers agreed with free-agent closer Trevor Hoffman (San Diego Padres) on a one-year, $6 million deal. He can earn $1.5 million in incentives, which could help him match his $7.5 million salary from last season.
Hoffman's 3.77 ERA last year was the worst mark since his rookie season in 1993. He still converted 30 of his 34 save chances and had a 1.04 WHIP. Hoffman had a horrible first half, with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP, but he really turned it on in the second half. He converted 13 save chances, with a 1.59 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.
Leaving PETCO Park for the hitter-friendly Miller Park may not affect him too much. Hoffman struggled at the pitchers' haven PETCO Park last year, with a 4.25 ERA; he posted a 2.87 ERA on the road, though. Last year, the 41-year-old Hoffman increased his K/9 to 9.13, which was his highest rate since 2003.
Milwaukee should give Hoffman a chance to approach 40 saves again in 2009. His first half last season was alarming, though, especially because he pitched half of his games in such a good park. Fantasy owners might look at Hoffman as a third closer with upside to be a No. 2, or vice versa. His name value may make him come off the draft board a little early.
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