NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees have come to terms with free-agent Travis Hafner on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.
With Alex Rodriguez out until after the All-Star break — and possibly for the entire season — and Eduardo Nunez atop the depth chart at designated hitter, Hafner will likely be the Yankees’ starting DH against right-handed pitchers. Hafner has a career batting line of .287/.391/.534 against righties.
It will be a Major League deal, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman. The power hitter will receive a salary in the vicinity of $2 million, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported.
The Indians cut ties with the 10-year veteran in October, declining his $13 million option and instead paying a $2.75 million buyout.
Hafner was placed on the disabled list in May with a knee injury and then again in August with lower back inflammation. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder played in just 66 games for Cleveland, batting .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs.
The 35-year-old is a lifetime .278 hitter with 201 home runs and 694 RBIs. His best season came in 2006, when he batted .308, belted 42 home runs and had 117 RBIs.
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