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Hoffman, Padres Reach Impasse

5:02pm: Padres exec Sandy Alderson told MLB.com's Corey Brock he's perfectly willing to talk to Hoffman.

10:53am: The door is closed on both sides, according to Olney.  Hoffman is upset with the Padres' handling of the situation.

TUESDAY, 8:00am: Hoffman's agent considers his client "the cream of the closers."  The Indians are expected to be one interested party, according to Barry Bloom and Corey Brock of MLB.com.  The Tigers at least inquired about some unknown players represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council, possibly Hoffman.  Jon Paul Morosi says he fits their profile.

MONDAY, 10:34pm: Olney is now more emphatic in saying Hoffman "will not return to the Padres for 2009."

10:01pm: Tom Krasovic says the Padres withdrew their $4MM offer.

9:32pm: According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Padres and legendary closer Trevor Hoffman have reached an impasse in contract negotiations.  The team offered Hoffman $4MM plus incentives (perhaps with a club option for '10).  Olney believes Hoffman's Padres career is over, "barring a dramatic turn in negotiations."

The Cardinals don't have Hoffman on the radar, but the Indians will give him a look.


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