Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians have been open all winter about brinigng back DH Travis Hafner, but now if they have any interest, they may have to make a move or he may be moving elsewhere.
Reports are the Yankees are very close to inking Hafner to a deal, expected to include a low base salary in the $1 million to $2 million range. WFAN in New York is reporting that it’s a done deal.
Ken Rosenthal adds that “Pronk” could also get an an incentive package.
The 35-year-old DH played in just 66 games in 2012 for the Tribe, as he spent time on the disabled list yet again last year with knee and back issues. The year before, Hafner appeared in just 94 games.
In 2012 he hit .228 with 12 homers and 34 RBI. He spent 10 seasons with the Indians, and was a big power hitter for them from 2004 to 2007, putting up an average of 32 homers a season, including 42 in 2006.
New Indians manager Terry Francona has already said that the Indians will have a rotation of players hitting DH, including one new Indian, Mike Aviles. The Indians home opener in 2013 will be vs the Yankees.