MLB.com’s Barry Bloom spoke to Padres closer Trevor Hoffman yesterday. Hoffman revealed that he met with GM Kevin Towers on Saturday, and came away with positive feelings about re-signing for ’09. First, however, the Padres need to determine their payroll for next year.
Hoffman mentioned a desire for a multiyear deal, which could complicate the situation. The Padres surely want him back, but would they lock the 41 year-old in for two years? Perhaps one year with a vesting option would satisfy both parties. Hoffman will only explore the open market if the Padres don’t want him back.