Trevor Hoffman, the Major League career saves leader, could be finished as a member of the San Diego Padres.
General manager Kevin Towers confirmed on Monday that the Padres withdrew their contract offer to Hoffman for 2009. The contract proposal for the 41-year-old Hoffman was for $4 million.
Hoffman, after a shaky start in 2008, had a typical season for him, saving 30 games in 34 opportunities, including 16 in a row at one point. The Padres, though, lost 99 games, and Hoffman threw a career low of 45 1/3 innings during a healthy season because the situations just didn't present themselves for him to pitch. He made $7.5 million last season.
Hoffman's Padres career began with the June 24, 1993 trade that sent him to San Diego and Gary Sheffield to the Marlins. All except two of his 554 saves were recorded in a San Diego uniform.