Dodgers won’t get Trevor Hoffman; he’ll go to Milwaukee
With Trevor Hoffman bound for Milwaukee, the Dodgers plan to install Jonathan Broxton as their closer and acquire setup men to complete their bullpen.
“We thought we’d take a shot at Hoffman if we could, because he would give us a nice combination with Broxton,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday. “We’re fine with the way it is, with Jonathan. We’re still trying to add to the bullpen.”
Hoffman, 41, baseball’s all-time saves leader, is a lifelong resident of Southern California.
“He chose Milwaukee because they were very diligent and aggressive in trying to sign him,” Rick Thurman, the agent for Hoffman, said in a text message. "[He] likes [the] makeup of [the] team.”
The Brewers agreed to pay Hoffman $6 million this season, with another $1.5 million available in incentives. There is no option year in the agreement. Thurman said the Brewers’ and Dodgers’ offers were “similar” but declined to confirm the value of either offer.
With Hoffman joining the Brewers, Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo are the only returning relievers with a full season of major league experience. Broxton, 24, replaced an injured Takashi Saito as the closer last season and converted 14 of 17 saves.
The Dodgers also have youngsters Cory Wade, Ramon Troncoso and Scott Elbert for the bullpen and reportedly have pursued veterans Juan Cruz, Guillermo Mota and Dennys Reyes.
They also signed 15 players to minor league contracts Thursday, among them several relievers with major league experience that could contend for a bullpen spot in spring training.
Yhency Brazoban, who saved 21 games in relief of an injured Eric Gagne in 2005 and has saved none since amid elbow and shoulder injuries, joins Stephen Randolph, Scott Strickland and Erick Threets among that group.
Juan Castro, Hector Luna and Luis Maza are expected to compete for the utility infield role.