Commissioner Bud Selig met with baseball’s general managers to start off what promises to be an uneventful two-day meeting of owners in Paradise Valley, Ariz., at an appropriately tranquil Phoenix-area resort.
Expansion of the playoffs has been put off until at least 2012, largely because it must be agreed to by the players’ association. The union’s labor contract with Major League Baseball expires in December.
Standing at home plate in an empty Petco Park, Trevor Hoffman, 43, announced his retirement with an all-time leading 601 saves to work in the front office of the San Diego Padres, where he spent 151/2 of his 18 seasons. Detroit and outfielder Ryan Raburn agreed to a $3.4 million, two-year contract. Chicago Cubs catcher Koyie Hill agreed to an $850,000, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.