Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pronk to the Bronx?

Reports around the net are circulating that Travis Hafner will sign a deal with the Yankees to compete for the DH gig. Hafner is reportedly looking for more than a minor-league deal, but considering his injury history since 2007, he'll have to settle for it.  Hafner went through a 4 year period where he (along with David Ortiz) the most feared DH in the league, and one of the best all-around hitters in baseball.  From 2004-2007, Hafner averaged .296 with 32 HR's with 109 RBI and over 100 BB's a season, but since then only played one season with over 100 games.  Hafner was somewhat productive in 2010 and 2011, but considering the fact that he's a 35 year old DH who can't stay healthy from just hitting, the odds are against him.  If it's a minor league deal, the Yankees are making the right choice by throwing as many pieces against the wall and seeing what sticks.  If Hafner can somewhat resemble what he did in 2010 or 2011, he'll be a solid #7 hitter as the DH, and who knows? Maybe he'll be resurgent like Eric Chavez the last two years for the team, but right now, let's see how he produces in Florida in 2 months.

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