Hoffmann said that he is “very happy” with the contract that the Dodgers offered.
“They said that my being designated for assignment was only a business decision,” he said. “They are trying to win the World Series this season. They told me that they really have some plans for me – that was proven in their contract offer. They wanted me to stick around with the Dodgers.”
He said that he is not back on the 40-man major league roster now because that can’t happen until next May.
“That was part of the deal also,” Hoffmann said, “but hopefully I can get back on that 40-man roster as quick as possible.”
I didn’t mention it at the time, but his being DFA’d never made sense in the first place – it absolutely should have been Jason Repko, who’s 4 years older than Hoffmann, is being outhit by him in AAA this year (.815 OPS to .800), wasn’t rated the best defensive outfielder in the system by Baseball America (as Hoffmann was) and is almost certainly going to be an ex-Dodger after the season. Fortunately, it worked out in the end, but still – an odd decision.
Hey, anyone want to start hitting? Ever? It’s really not a good sign when over the last 7 days, only James Loney & Ronnie Belliard are giving any production at all among your regulars.
In other news, I am really really starting to feel for Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts, because while he’s unquestionably got the best and most popular Dodger blog around – and, given that he’s an actual writer, one of the more thoughtful and well-written sports blogs you’ll find anywhere - I would hate it if the utter failure of the LA Times’ baseball reporters started to reflect poorly on his work, just by association, because we’ve got another good one today.
We’ve discussed the ridiculous platitudes of Bill Plaschke several times, but today it’s Kurt Streeter coming through with the complete misinformation. In the middle of his absolutely recycled and predictable “doom and gloom” column, we get this gem:
Besides, let’s just say Wolf runs easily through another stellar eight innings. How secure can anyone feel when the relievers take over for the ninth?
What’s a stronger word than “very” secure? “Amazingly” secure? “Phenomenally” secure? “Supercalifragilisticexpialidociousally” secure? Kurt, have you even been watching the Dodgers this year? The bullpen is the best in baseball, by nearly half a run. Jonathan Broxton’s striking out nearly 14 men per 9 innings and leads the NL in WXRL (relievers expected wins added) – by a lot. George Sherrill’s allowed one run in 17.1 innings since arriving. Ronald Belisario and Ramon Troncoso have been breakout performers, and when healthy Hong-Chih Kuo might just be the most dominating lefty reliever in baseball. What more than you want?
It still drives me crazy that the general public will read such uninformed doofery and consider it to be fact, just because an “expert” in the paper wrote it.
Happy Labor Day, everyone who’s not Kurt Streeter.