The Brewers have reached agreement with Trevor Hoffman on a 1-year, $6 million free-agent contract, according to major-league sources. The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives, bringing the potential total value to $7.5 million.
Dodgers made an initial one-year offers with a club option for 2010. It is not known whether the Brewers agreed to guarantee the second year.
The Dodgers were believed to be Hoffman's first choice because of the proximity of Los Angeles to his home in San Diego. But Hoffman, 41, apparently chose the Brewers because they made a higher offer and have a clear vacancy at closer, while the Dodgers are grooming Jonathan Broxton for that role.
Winter Workouts Start
Diamond Leung of the Riverside Press-Entriprise, reports the Dodgers second annual Winter Development Program starts next week. Here's the list of invited players.
Pitchers (8) LHP- James Adkins RHP- Jesus Castillo LHP- Scott Elbert LHP- Victor Garate LHP- Brent Leach RHP- Josh Lindblom LHP- Jacobo Meque RHP- Travis Schlichting Position Players (11) INF- Tony Abreu INF- Josh Bell INF- Ivan DeJesus C- A.J. Ellis INF- Austin Gallagher OF- Jamie Hoffmann OF- Andrew Lambo C- Lucas May INF- Russell Mitchell OF- Xavier Paul OF- Trayvon RobinsonDodgers Lose a Coach
Leung also noted that Jason Wood was named hitting coach at Class A Inland Empire for what was supposed to be the first coaching job for the former major leaguer.
Two months later, Wood resurfaced as hitting coach at Class A Bakersfield in the Rangers organization, so the Dodgers are not looking for another coach.
The team also has to fill its Class AAA Albuquerque manager opening vacated by Lorenzo Bundy.