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"I said, 'What happened with the meeting with the three of you guys?' And he said, 'Well, when I told Sandy you guys wanted to have a meeting, he said no.' I said, 'Oh really, so you guys have been sitting on this for two weeks then?'"
Thurman expects other clubs to be interested in Hoffman, who had 30 saves in 34 chances and a 3.77 ERA this season. It was the 13th time Hoffman saved at least 30 games, extending his own big league record.
Then an unknown rookie with two saves, Hoffman joined the Padres in the midst of their infamous fire sale in 1993, coming over in a then-unpopular deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Florida Marlins.
With Moores reportedly selling 49 percent of the team due to his divorce, the Padres appear to be once again dumping salary. They're trying to trade ace Jake Peavy less than a year after giving him a $52 million, three-year contract extension.
Although Hoffman has had his struggles in recent seasons, his home save opportunities were always lively because "Hells Bells" began blaring from the sound system the instant he started jogging in from the bullpen.
Known for his high leg kick, menacing glare and deceptive changeup, Hoffman became the career saves leader when he notched No. 479 at home on Sept. 24, 2006, breaking the previous mark of 478 by Lee Smith. The following June, Hoffman reached 500, also at home and against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
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