Yankees eyeing ex-Tribe slugger Hafner for designated hitter role
Bronx, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Yankees are looking to tap free-agent slugger Travis Hafner for its designated-hitter slot.
Hafner, 35, batted .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in 64 games for the Indians last season.
Cleveland cut ties with Hafner in October, choosing to pay the left-handed hitter a $2.75 million buyout instead of a $13 million option for the 2013 season.
The Yankees have also been in the market for a right-handed hitter who can play some outfield and hit left-handed pitching well, a role filled the past two seasons by Andruw Jones.
Hafner has been limited to an average of 86 games per season over the past five years, and has struggled against left-handed pitching. However, dating back to 2008, Hafner has hit .269 with a .371 on-base percentage against right-handed pitching.