Phillies-Braver to open 2009 season
The World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves in Major League Baseball’s 2009 opener on April 5. The Sunday night game, originally scheduled for the following day, will be broadcast on ESPN2, the commissioner’s office said Monday. Most other teams start play on April 6.
Padres withdraw offer to Hoffman
San Diego withdrew its $4 million offer to Trevor Hoffman on Monday, leaving it unclear whether they would continue to negotiate with the career saves leader. General manager Kevin Towers sent a text message to The Associated Press on Monday night confirming “our offer was withdrawn.” Towers would not comment on whether the Padres are still interested in signing Hoffman.
Royals sign RHP Duckworth
Right-hander Brandon Duckworth signed a one-year contract with Kansas City and was sent outright to Class AAA Omaha. Duckworth spent most of last season with Omaha but went 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts for Kansas City.
Eyre re-signs with Phillies
Left-handed reliever Scott Eyre signed a $2 million, one-year contract Monday to remain with Philadelphia. Eyre was 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 19 appearances for the Phillies. Eyre began the season with the Chicago Cubs. Overall, he was 5-0 with a 4.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 252/3 innings.