Travis Hafner reportedly agrees to one-year deal with Yankees
Free agent designated hitter Travis Hafner has come to terms with the New York Yankees, according to sources.
Sports Illustrated reports that the deal is worth around $1.1 million for one year. The left-handed DH will fill the void left from the departure of Raul Ibanez, who returned to the Seattle Mariners this off-season.
According to MLB.com, the Yankees made a previous attempt to deal for Hafner last winter in a deal that would have sent pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Indians. The deal ended up falling through and Burnett ended up with Pittsburgh.
Hafner is 35, and has been injury-prone over the past five seasons. Last season, Hafner played in only 66 games and hit 12 home runs.
Hafner’s best seasons were in 2004-07 when he was one of baseball’s more prolific home run hitters. He finished with at least 100 RBIs in each of those seasons. Since then, Hafner has gone through a steep drop in hitting production.
According to reports, the Yankees plan on using Hafner mainly against right-handed pitchers. The situation will become a bit more favorable for the pull-hitter. The short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium will be about 11 feet closer than his old home at Cleveland’s Progressive Field, and he will be afforded much more lineup protection than what he’s had in his recent years as and Indian.