MILWAUKEE -- It appears that Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman is staying put. An ESPN.com report Friday said the Giants were the mystery team that claimed Hoffman off waivers this week, perhaps intending to work out a trade with the Brewers -- or perhaps to block the Dodgers and Rockies, their rivals in the National League West race, from claiming Hoffman themselves. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said later in the day that he had not talked to the Giants. Melvin did talk to two other teams about other players, but did not seem moved to trade any of his veterans before the Aug. 31 deadline to acquire players eligible for postseason rosters.
"I don't think so," said Melvin, asked if he anticipated any trades. "But you don't know." Hoffman was still in the dark about the process on Friday afternoon. "I'm not going to worry about that sort of thing," he said. "I'll wait to hear something from Doug." Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's extra-innings loss to the Reds and has been excellent in his first season away from San Diego in 16 years, posting a 1.85 ERA and 27 saves in 29 chances this year. But he's had only four save opportunities this month, and only four appearances over the past two weeks. "I'd like to be able to use him more," Melvin said. "If you want to compete, you have to have a closer." With Hoffman on a one-year contract and projecting as a Type A free agent, the Brewers stand to gain compensatory Draft picks if they keep him through the season and another team signs him next winter. According reports on FOXSports.com, the Brewers placed six veterans on waivers this week: Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Felipe Lopez and Braden Looper. Cameron, Counsell, Kendall and Looper cleared, the Web site reported. Players must pass waivers to be traded after July 31, and it's customary for teams to place many, sometimes all, of their players on waivers to see who gets through. Teams can always pull their players back. According to Melvin, that has happened with "eight or nine" players this month.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.