Hoffman weighing his options

Trevor Hoffman wants to give the free-agent market one good look before he determines his future.

The right-handed reliever, with a record 601 saves, told MLB.com on Tuesday that if there’s a good fit for him to return as a closer in 2011, he’ll take it. If not, he’ll retire after 18 seasons. Hoffman, the former Padres and Brewers closer, turned 43 on Oct. 13.

“I’m going to wait to see what happens, see what’s out there,” said Hoffman, when reached by phone in San Diego, where he and his family still make their home. “It’s not a situation where I’m going to pursue it very hard. If it’s something that makes sense, if it’s an opportunity for me to close, I’ll look at it. If it’s something that doesn’t make any sense, I’ll probably retire.”

Hoffman said that he’s eyeing the D-backs situation, where old friend Kevin Towers is now the general manager. Towers, who was the GM of the Padres for virtually Hoffman’s entire 16-year tenure there, has made it no secret that he’s in the market for a closer and wants to rebuild a bullpen that had a third-worst in Major League history 5.74 ERA last season.

Towers said on Tuesday that he needed to have a long talk with Hoffman before making a determination about pursuing him.

“Because of our relationship and our need for a closer people are going to tie us together,” said Towers, who was dismissed as Padres GM in 2009 and assumed the same role with the D-backs this past September. “Before I make any statements I’d like to have a lengthy conversation with Trevor. I know he’ll shoot me straight about where he’s at, how much he has left in the tank and what his expectations are financially. That’s probably the way I’ll handle it.

“We all know what kind of season he had and that was very unlike Trevor Hoffman. He’s not going to BS me. He’s not that type of guy.”

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