Yankees could be close with Hafner

According to Rob Bradford, the Yankees may be close to a deal with former Cleveland DH Travis Hafner. Hafner, who hit .228/.346/.438 in 263 plate appearances in 2012, fits the Yankees’ profile as a power and patience slugger, but health is a major concern, to say the least. Hafner has appeared in at least 95 games just once since the 2007 season, and he’s more or less incapable of being anything but a designated hitter at this point, even on an irregular basis. Still, the Yankees have a pretty significant need for a DH right now, and the left-handed Hafner owns a 117 career wRC+ against southpaws, so a reasonably priced deal would seem to be a great fit.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

20 thoughts on “Yankees could be close with Hafner

  1. Could be a very nice signing for the Yankees if he can stay even moderately healthy. I’m sure the price is right otherwise the Yankees would not even consider him. It's one of those low risk high reward "potential" signings.

  2. I'd say give him a plate appearances incentive laden MLB deal and swing away. Pronk will hit check swing homers to left in YS3.

  3. Why would the Yankees want Hafner? They have so many lefty hitters– their need is for a righty batter. And someone who can also play the field, not hamstring the DH spot. This is a bad idea, sounds like a desperation move unless this is a minor league deal along with no roster guarantee.