Hoffman Deal Done

The San Diego Padres have reached an agreement with fan favorite and eleven year Friar, Trevor Hoffman. A press conference is scheduled for tonight.

Trevor Hoffman, a 36-year-old right-hander, will get his $2 million buyout and sign a deal with a smaller base salary than the scheduled $10 million he was to receive. The deal is said to be laced with incentives.

Hoffman is one of the most popular Padres to ever grace the field and his signing was a priority on Kevin Towers list.

Hoffman had 40 saves in four straight seasons (1998-2001) and 30 saves in eight straight seasons (1995-2002), both major-league records. He also ranks fifth all-time with 352 career saves, despite being shutout last season.

He returned from the shoulder problems to pitch nine games, an inning apiece, in September and post a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 11 and kept his opponents to a .212 batting average.

Just yesterday, Towers has commented, "I hope to have something done on Hoffman before the buyout becomes an issue."

Now he has met his goal and the Padres can turn their attention to other matters.

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