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Indians haven’t ruled out re-signing Travis Hafner

Jan 7, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Travis Hafner hasn’t drawn much free agent interest after Cleveland declined his $13 million option and the Indians haven’t ruled out re-signing the veteran designated hitter.

“He could be [an option], potentially,” general manager Chris Antonetti said, via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. “I think some of that is going to depend upon other opportunities for Travis and his thoughts on returning, as well as what opportunities we may have for him compared to other guys.”

Bastian writes that the Indians are prepared to go with a rotation of players in the DH spot, but with no clear primary option there if Hafner is willing to accept a modest one-year deal a return could make sense.

He hasn’t been able to stay healthy since 2007 and missed 96 games last season, but Hafner has remained productive throughout all the injuries by posting an OPS above .775 in each of the past four seasons.

  1. scottp9 - Jan 7, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Whenever I read a report that says “so-and-so hasn’t received much interest on the free agent market” I wonder how the writer knows that. Did the player or his agent say as much? I’ve noticed that a lot of the less prominent free agents sign without a lot of national media discussion about with whom they’re speaking, so I don’t know who is really in position to know how much interest there is in a low-profile guy, other than the player himself and his advisors.

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