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Associated Press
October 6, 2009
— All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman agreed Monday to a one-year, $8 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Brewers next season.

A person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it includes a mutual option for 2011 that could be worth up to an additional $8.5 million. The person requested anonymity because the contract had not been formally announced.


That announcement will be made Wednesday. ESPN.com previously reported an agreement had been reached. Foxsports.com reported the contract terms.


The 41-year-old Hoffman converted 37 of 41 save opportunities with a 1.83 ERA.


Hoffman will turn 42 next week, but said often during the season that he wanted to return to Milwaukee because he liked his young teammates’ positive attitudes in the clubhouse.


He also said he liked his new role, no longer having to be the face of the franchise like he was for most of his 16 seasons in San Diego.


“I wanted to be a piece of the puzzle, another cog in the wheel, all those cliches,” Hoffman told The Associated Press earlier this season. “They have a lot of young guys that are that face and that wasn’t going to be any of my responsibility.”


Hoffman told reporters in St. Louis on Sunday that he was talking with the club about a new contract, so general manager Doug Melvin’s quick move to re-sign Hoffman was no surprise.


In doing so, Melvin has quickly addressed two of the team’s pressing offseason concerns by stabilizing the closer’s role and retaining manager Ken Macha for next season.


Now, Melvin will need to focus on finding more quality starting pitching in an effort to give Hoffman additional save opportunities.


Hoffman has 591 career saves in 17 seasons.


after he signed with Milwaukee over the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason.


At the time, the Brewers and Hoffman discussed a mutual option for 2010, but both sides decided to see how the season played out. It turned out to be an overwhelming success from the first time Hoffman heard his AC/DC “Hells Bells” entrance music.


Hoffman had his lowest ERA in 10 years and made his seventh All-Star game appearance, filling in for injured Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton.


While the Brewers didn’t announce Hoffman’s new contract, the team provided several injury updates.


Left-hander Manny Parra will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and infielder Casey McGehee will have arthroscopic right knee surgery on Tuesday. Right-hander Braden Looper is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right knee next week.



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