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Report: Yankees may be nearing deal with Travis Hafner

Jan 30, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes that he’s “hearing the Yankees might be close to a deal with Travis Hafner.”

Right now the Yankees’ designated hitter spot is pretty wide open, so Hafner would make some sense on a cheap and/or incentive-laden one-year deal.

He hasn’t been able to stay healthy since 2007 and hasn’t played an inning defensively since that same year, but they wouldn’t need him to do anything but hit and throughout all the injuries Hafner has posted an OPS above .775 in four straight seasons.

  1. cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Poor ole Pronk. Guy’s the size of a house and more delicate than a 3 month preterm infant. He just pawn in game of life.

    Well, good luck to him this season, even if it IS with the The Empire.

    • stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Thanks for “Blazing Saddles” reference, Mongo.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Please, bring me Pronk. Not Vernon Wells.

    PRONKTIME.

    -signed,
    RightFieldShortPorch

  3. cackalackyank - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Y

  4. stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    BTW, gets on my nerves when everybody left on the free agent list still puts up better numbers at their position than anyone on Houston. And still no budging from the 30 MM$ budget.

  5. thomas844 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I can see 25-30 bombs out of a healthy Pronk as a Yankee. He would be a solid replacement for Ibanez.

  6. Kevin Gillman - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I still say at the time that contract the Indians gave Hafner made sense. Just very unfortunate he has been hurt the last 5 seasons. I thought the Indians would re-sign him this season, but I guess not.

  7. uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Could be a very nice signing for the Yankees if he can stay healthy. I’m sure the price is right otherwise the Yankees wouldn’t even consider him.

    • bankboy2012 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      No doubt the phrase “incentive-laden” will be included in the description of his contract if he signs anywhere.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        True, but I believe the only incentive allowed according to the MLB CBA for position players is PA’s.

      • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        uyf, That’s ok. If he’s healthy and effective, he’ll get plenty of PAs. If not, he won’t. By the way it’s MLB Rule 3(B), which means it can be unilaterally changed by MLB without the consent of the MLBPA.

        No performance bonuses shall be based on pitching skill, batting skill or team standings.

        PAs, games, even attendance can be included, but PAs would be the best for Hafner. He could be kind of lousy but still get into a lot of games as a PH.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        jwbill, thank you. I realize there are other incentives like the one’s in Jeter’s contract for example: Silver Slugger Award, Gold Glove, etc… But like you said for an injury prove player the PA’s incentive is the most likely. As it was was the Yankees signed Chavez a year or so back.

      • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        Award bonuses are kind of fun. Scott Rolen had a bonus for winning a Divisional Series MVP in his last contract. That award does not exist.

  8. historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    …and with Delmon Young off the table….

  9. jaybird22seven - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    If Hafner is taking PED then he will be a good fit with the Yankees !!!!

    • southofheaven81 - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      HA! Good one! SICKBUUUURN!!

    • jwbiii - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Says the commenter whose handle implies that he is a fan of the team which recently signed Melky Cabrera. . .

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Just like Jose

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