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Trevor Hoffman retires from pitching to take front-office job with Padres

The all-time saves leader decides to retire following 18 seasons in Major League Baseball.

January 11, 2011|Staff and wire reports

Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has thrown his final changeup, deciding at age 43 to retire and return to the San Diego Padres in a front-office job.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed Tuesday that he is done after recording 601 saves in 18 seasons.

Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993 during the Padres' infamous "Fire Sale" that stripped away most of their high-paid veterans. He left San Diego as a free agent following the 2008 season after contract talks abruptly ended, and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

MLB.com first reported Hoffman's retirement.

Hoffman didn't return messages seeking comment. Hoffman is scheduled to appear at a news conference at Petco Park on Wednesday morning.

Padres co-owner Jeff Moorad said Hoffman will spend the next year familiarizing himself with several departments, including baseball operations, and then the two sides will determine what area will be best for him.

"Clearly, Trevor is one of the most significant players that the organization has ever had and we felt it only appropriate for him to return to the Padres family," Moorad told the Associated Press. "We're thrilled that he was agreeable with coming back."

Angels, Alberto Callaspo agree to one-year deal

Infielder Alberto Callaspo and the Angels have agreed to a $2-million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. General Manager Tony Reagins announced the deal.

Callaspo batted .265 with 27 doubles, 10 home runs and 56 runs batted in in 58 games with the team last season.

The Angels have seven remaining arbitration-eligible players: Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis, Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver and Reggie Willits.

Brad Penny to sign with Tigers

Right-handed pitcher Brad Penny has agreed to a $3-million, one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, a person familiar with the negotiation told the Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement hasn't been announced.

Carlos Gonzalez finalizes deal with Rockies

Carlos Gonzalez has finalized his $80-million, seven-year contract with the Colorado Rockies.

Gonzalez receives a $3-million signing bonus and salaries of $1 million this year, $5 million in 2012, $7.5 million in 2013, $10.5 million in 2014. $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017. If traded, he would receive a $1-million payment.

NASCAR to stick with 400-mile race at Fontana

After a shortened race helped produce closer racing and ended with a thrilling finish, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana said it would stick with a 400-mile event when it holds its next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 27.

The sprawling track, which seats 92,000, formerly held two 500-mile Cup races a year but had suffered attendance declines, and NASCAR last August announced that one of its races would be moved to Kansas Speedway starting this season. Among the complaints were that races were too long on the wide, two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval where the cars often would get strung out and passing was sparse.

But when Auto Club Speedway held its most recent Cup race last October, it shortened the race to 400 miles and the result was one of the most exciting races in years, with cars sometimes racing three- and four-wide and Tony Stewart winning by a mere half a second over Clint Bowyer.

A shorter race forces Cup drivers and their crews to shift strategy because there is at least one less pit stop than in a 500-mile race, and to get their cars into contention sooner before the final laps.

— Jim Peltz

Galaxy acquires forward Adam Cristman from D.C. United

Having lost last season's leading goal scorer Edson Buddle to FC Ingolstadt 04 of the German second division, the Galaxy tried to patch the hole left in its offense by acquiring forward Adam Cristman from D.C. United.

Cristman, 26, is a four-year Major League Soccer veteran out of the University of Virginia, where Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena launched his career, and has played for the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City as well as D.C. United.

The Galaxy traded its first pick in the Jan. 18 MLS Supplemental Draft to get Cristman, who has scored 12 goals in 68 career MLS games.

— Grahame L. Jones

Riesch, Poutiainen share slalom victory; Vonn fails to finish

Germany's Maria Riesch and Finland's Tanja Poutiainen shared a slalom victory at a World Cup slalom run at Flachau, Austria.

Lindsey Vonn, the three-time overall champion, straddled a gate and failed to finish her first run for the fourth straight race. Riesch extended her lead over Vonn in the overall standings to 196 points.

Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos get roles in 'Ultimate Fighter' reality show

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