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Yankees Sign Travis Hafner to One-Year Contract


New York Yankees hats As predicted, the New York Yankees have come to terms with free agent designated hitter Travis Hafner. Hafner has spent nearly his entire career with the Cleveland Indians and was once one of the most feared hitters in baseball. Injuries have slowed Hafner’s production over the past five seasons, and have limited him to an average of 86 games per year since 2008. Last season, Hafner appeared in just 66 games for the Tribe, and they decided to let the big left-handed hitter walk away following the 2012 campaign, opting for his $2.75 million buyout against a $13 million club option for the 2013 season.

The Yankees have been searching for a replacement DH since Raul Ibanez left the club and signed with the Seattle Mariners. The club will likely use Hafner against right handed pitching as he has struggled over the past five seasons against lefties. When he is healthy, Hafner can still hit home runs with the best of them, and in homer-friendly Yankees stadium it is likely that he will be a big contributor to his new ball club.

Terms of the deal between the two sides have not been made public, but it is believed that the Yankees have guaranteed Hafner about $2 million with additional money available in incentives based on the number of plate appearances he makes this season. It is possible that the Yankees will try to use Hafner at first base during interleague play as well, though he hasn’t done so in several years due to the numerous shoulder problems that have landed him on the disabled list.

 

By: Robert Gonzalez
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer

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