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The Indians are thinking about bringing back Travis Hafner or Jim Thome

Jan 23, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

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The Indians lost their DH when they wisely declined to exercise the option they had on Travis Hafner. A possible replacement? How about Travis Hafner? Or, barring that, Jim Thome? That’s what Jon Heyman is reporting, anyway.

Hafner played in only 66 games last season, hitting .228/.346/.438 with 12 homers. Thome, who is seven years Hafner’s senior, played in only 58, hitting .252/.344/.442 with eight dingers.

So, no, neither one is an ideal solution. At least not unless they invent a surgery to turn one of them instantly right-handed and the rosters are expanded to 26, allowing the Indians to run a DH-only platoon.

But hey, famous names.


  1. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Wait. Where’s “and Delmon Young is off the table”? 😦

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Delmon Young would have been ideal; however, he is off the table. Luke Scott may also be off the table soon.

  3. mykolm - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I seem to remember Manny saying he’d want to come back.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Ben Broussard also wants to come back.

      • philliesblow - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        How about “Joey” Belle?

    • tripleg3 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Perfect fit for them

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Bring in Thome. Love to see him play and hit a couple more homers. Guy is a class act. Get it done Indians

  5. b453841l - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Why stop there? Why not add Manny Ramirez and Omar Vizquel? Whichever guy’s body works at game time gets the start.

  6. mgscott - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    They should also consider Pedro Cerrano. This way they have a lefty righty matchup

    • flosox - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Thats a tough sell…he’s got a cushy job selling Allstate accident forgiveness.

  7. kmgannon - Jan 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Bring Thome back, for sure. If nothing else, he’s a great influence in the clubhouse for a team trying to create some sort of identity for itself.

  8. whitdog23 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    typical Indians. no solution so lets sign a recognizable name and fans won’t know difference

  9. hermie13 - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    The fact that Thome and Hafner are lefties is not an issue. The Tribe has added Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs, Nick Swisher, and Mike Aviles this winter and lost Choo. Tribe actually needs a lefty bat.

  10. budmanjim - Jan 23, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    If the Tribe brings back Hafner, at any price, $1.00 is too much, I quit as an Indian fan….

  11. Al - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    This really isn’t as big a deal as other commenters are making it out to be. There really aren’t any other options out there that the Indians could bring in, and they don’t have any young players who would be blocked by Thome or Hafner. They have an interest in giving Chris McGinnis (sp?) a shot, as he was a Rule 5 pick, but otherwise you’re looking at a rotation of Aviles/Gomes/Carrera and regulars on a half-day. Since they’ll do a bit of that anyway, the role shouldn’t be too demanding on Thome or Hafner, and they do have power and on-base upside that the rest of that crew lack.

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