Skip to content

Travis Hafner and $13 million salary remain in Indians’ plans

Sep 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

hafner getty wide Getty Images

General manager Chris Antonetti said yesterday that the Indians have Travis Hafner in their plans for 2012 despite the oft-injured designated hitter missing 70 games with shoulder and foot problems.

That isn’t a surprise, as Hafner is under contract for $13 million in 2012 and remains plenty productive when healthy enough to play, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “they could cut the cord on the biggest deal in Indians history and start over at DH.”

They’re paying him that money either way, and having him around as even a part-time bat is plenty useful considering Hafner hit .280 with 13 homers, 16 doubles, and an .811 OPS in 94 games. His contract has been a huge bust and Hafner can’t be counted on to play even 100 games at this point, but he led the team in OPS.

Featured video

Three legends off to Cooperstown
Top 10 MLB Player Searches