Padres, RHP Hoffman agree on one-year contract

Updated: November 6, 2003, 2:13 AM ET

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres made sure righthander Trevor Hoffman will take part in the debut of Petco Park next season, agreeing to terms with the club's all-time saves leader on a one-year contract with an option for 2005 on Wednesday.

Hoffman spent all but nine games on the disabled list last season following right shoulder surgery. 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," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "He has been a cornerstone, not only in our bullpen for over 10 years, but he and his wife Tracy have made continuous contributions off the field on behalf of the organization and the city of San Diego."

The 36-year-old Hoffman, 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, Hoffman owns a 45-44 record with a 2.78 ERA.

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