Bye-bye Wicky?

Fox Sports is reporting that the Tribe is close to signing Padres closer Trevor Hoffman to a 3-year deal. Since Shapiro spoke to Bob Wickman recently, perhaps that means Wickman is gonna retire. That would be me talking out my ass. But anyway.

If Hoffman gets signed, all in all, it’s been a pretty good off-season for Mark Shaprio. You go from a guy with 45 saves in Wickman to a guy with 43 saves in Hoffman, you pick up Paul Byrd to replace a likely departing Kevin Millwood. You lost Howry, yeah, big loss, but it was expected…all that’s left to do is get Elarton back, right? Next stop, front page of Sports Illustrated?

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