11/13/08 1:15 AM EST
Agent: Hoffman ready for next stop
Storied closer looks forward to wide market after exclusivity period
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
Borris was referring to the rousing AC/DC rock anthem that the Padres have played for years when Hoffman entered home games at either Qualcomm Stadium or PETCO Park.The Indians have already shown interest in Hoffman, just as they did three years ago -- the last time the right-hander was a free agent. At the time, Hoffman turned down a $32 million, three-year deal to go to Cleveland for $21 million over the same period in San Diego. Indians GM Mark Shapiro said he wants to talk to Hoffman again if he indeed leaves the Padres. Borris declined to say if the parties have already spoken. Hoffman, after a shaky start in 2008, saved 30 games in 34 opportunities, including 16 in a row at one point. The Padres, though, lost 99 games, and Hoffman threw a career-low 45 1/3 innings during a healthy season because the situations weren't available. Borris wouldn't speculate where Hoffman, a homebody with a wife, four young boys and close ties to the San Diego community, might land. "Free agency is a game of musical chairs," Borris said. "So you never know where a free agent is going to go until he signs with that individual club."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.