Yankees sign Travis Hafner to one-year, $2 million pact
CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have finalized a contract with free-agent DH Travis Hafner.
|Travis Hafner will be taking his swings in the Bronx this season. (Getty Images)|
Hafner, 35, is coming off a season in which he batted .228/.346/.438 in 263 plate appearances. His substantial secondary skills (i.e., his ability to draw walks and hit for power) in tandem with his platoon skills (even over the last five seasons -- his deep decline phase -- he's hit .269/.371/.457 against right-handed pitching) make him a useful addition, particularly at such a low cost. On the downside, Hafner is injury-prone and has spent significant time on the disabled list in each of the last five seasons.
As Heyman notes, Hafner will function as the dominant, left-handed half of a Yankees platoon at DH. To say the least, he'll benefit from the short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium.
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