Trevor Hoffman baseball’s all-time saves leader may have played his last game as a Milwaukee Brewer as most likely the Brewers will take the 750,000 buyout on his contract. As of right now the Milwaukee Brewers probably have no interest in keeping Hoffman. The Brewers will go with John Axford as their closer in 2011. Hoffman has not decided if he wants to pitch anymore, but if he does someone will give him a shot. I think the Brewers are making a mistake by not resigning him.
Many people consider Hoffman over the hill, but when you talk about closers he is one of the best. Yes, he did struggle at times this season, but people must remember Axford had one good season. As people see more of Axford they will get a better read on him and that could spell trouble for him and the Brewers. I would rather have two closers just in case one struggles than going with one. Unless you have an Mariano Rivera in your bullpen two closers seems to be a much better idea right now for the Brewers.
John Axford could come in 2011 and do great, but until he proves he can do it over a number of years I am a little leery of just having him as the only real closer for the Brewers. Signing Trevor Hoffman as an insurance policy is a good idea as you never know what could happen next year.