“Hells Bells” won’t be ringing anymore at Petco Park.
Trevor Hoffman, a certain Hall of Fame closing pitcher for the San Diego Padres and baseball’s all-time saves leader, agreed to a $6 million, one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a report on MLB.com Jan. 8.
Following the 2008 season, the Padres made a $4 million contract offer to Hoffman, but withdrew it, causing Hoffman to seek out alternatives.
Last year, Padres owner John Moores ordered the team management to cut the player payroll to $40 million due to his pending divorce from his wife, Becky. In recent months, the Padres have been actively shopping star pitcher Jake Peavy and traded star shortstop Khalil Greene.
Hoffman, who signature song “Hells Bells” by AC/DC announced his entering the game to get the final outs, has 554 saved victories in his 15-year career, nearly all of which has been with San Diego.
, Mike Allen