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Yankees Eyeing Travis Hafner


New York Yankees hats Just when it looked as if Travis Hafner could be headed back to Cleveland for the 2013 campaign, the New York Yankees have expressed interest in bringing the 35-year old designated hitter into their fold to fill the void left by the departure of Raul Ibanez. Ibanez signed with the Seattle Mariners this offseason, leaving the Yankees without a full-time designated hitter. Hafner is a bit of a risky proposition for any team that is pursuing him. He has missed significant time in each of the past five seasons due to injuries, but when he has been healthy he has still produced in clutch situations. Last season with the Indians he hit .228 with 15 homers and 34 RBIs in just 66 games.

The Yankees would likely offer Hafner a one-year, incentive-laden contract and use him as their DH against right-handers. The club would then use Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis and possibly Alex Rodriguez when they need a right-handed DH in the line-up to face lefties.

 

By: Robert Gonzalez
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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