SAN DIEGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The San Diego Padres have signed reliever Trevor Hoffman to a one-year contract with an option for 2005.
Hoffman, the club's all-time saves leader, spent all but nine games on the disabled list last season following surgery on his right shoulder. He allowed two runs and seven hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts in nine innings.
"We are excited to know that Trevor will be in the fold and make that transition with the team to Petco Park for the 2004 season," said General Manager Kevin Towers. "He has been a cornerstone in our bullpen for over 10 years."
Hoffman, 36, who had two saves with Florida in 1993 before being traded in a five-player deal involving Gary Sheffield, is fifth on the all-time list with 352 in 396 opportunities. He is 126 behind Lee Smith's record of 478, and trails only John Franco (424) among active players.
In 11 seasons, the righthander has a record of 45-44 with a 2.78 ERA.