Brewers Sign Trevor Hoffman

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Career saves leader Trevor Hoffman and the Milwaukee Brewers announced their $6 million, one-year deal Tuesday after the reliever passed a physical.

"He brings to our club the closer we need for us to continue
our pursuit of a World Series," general manager Doug Melvin said.

The 41-year-old righty, who had pitched for San Diego since
1993, has 554 saves in 930 relief appearances over his 16-year

Hoffman went 3-6 with a 3.77 ERA and 30 saves in 34
opportunities last season. The six-time All-Star can earn an
additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on games

"We are going to miss hearing 'Hells Bells' and seeing No. 51
walk through that center-field gate. He has been a constant
professional both on and off the field and we wish him the best of
luck as he continues his Hall of Fame career," general manager
Kevin Towers said.

Said Padres chairman John Moores: "It has been a privilege
watching Trevor earn 552 saves in a Padres uniform."