The Brewers appear to have run up the white flag.
Fox sports reports that the Cardinals NL Central rivals have placed Trevor Hoffman, Craig Counsel, Jason Kendall, Braden Looper and Felipe Lopez on waivers... I guess the only shirt untucking they'll be doing this season is changing into the uniform of a contender.
Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman, one of the best closers in MLB history, has been placed on waivers. AP photo.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have put their closer, Chad Qualls, on waivers, too.
So, if you were the Cardinals GM, would you claim Hoffman or Qualls for the St. Louis bullpen?
That would leave John Smoltz available to stay in the starting rotation in the absence of Kyle Lohse and Todd Wellemeyer. But, the bigger question is, do the Cardinals want a team like the Phillies to pick up a closer?
Albert Pujols' best friend Brad Lidge has been as terrible this season as he was great last year. And, for the moment, the Cardinals could trump a Philadelphia claim by virtue of the Phillies slightly better record.
Hoffman, who has 27 saves and a 1.89 ERA, is making $6 million this season, so it would cost a team that claimed him a little bit more than a million bucks to rent him for the last month or so of the year -- presuming the Brewers didn't pull him back. I certainly wouldn't trade anyone of value to Milwaukee in exchange for him... But at least you could be sure that the Phillies wouldn't get him...
Qualls has 23 saves and a 3.58 ERA for Arizona and would get a little less than $1 million for the rest of the season.