Brewers Going After Trevor Hoffman

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2009

When we talk about who the Brewers should sign this offseason, my argument is the same every time: The Brewers need to give the fans a sign of good faith by signing a big name.

If they sign Trevor Hoffman, that would be good enough for me. (Wait a second, if Trevor Hoffman is the guy tipping his cap, who is the guy wearing the Hoffman jersey in the picture?)

The discussions between Hoffman and the Brewers have been going on all day Tuesday.

First, the story was that the Brewers were showing interest. That interest was then reported as mutual. Now, we're hearing the Brewers and Hoffman have actually discussed the outline of a contract.

The 41-year-old closer is apparently looking for a two-year deal, and I say the Brewers should give it to him. (They should also give a two-year deal to Brian Shouse, but that's another topic,) Hoffman is the all-time major league saves leader, and would be a fantastic addition to a Brewers bullpen that is basically empty.

The Brewers need a closer, why not get the all-time saves leader?

Realistically, this is a deal that has a very good chance of happening. The interest is sincere on both sides, according to GM Doug Melvin, and Hoffman might still think the Crew has a chance to contend.

The only obstacle I see in this is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who appear to be the other potential suitor for Hoffman's services. Hoffman lives on the West Coast, and living near home is always a draw to players as they reach the end of their careers.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I could easily see myself buying a Hoffman jersey from the Brewers Pro Shop. Even though that would constantly remind me of the first girl I ever kissed (last name also Hoffman), I think I could get over that.

All-time saves leader! Sign him! Sign him! Sign him!

(In other news, the Brewers have about zero to no interest in Derek Lowe. Oh well.)