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Hafner could be interesting fit for Yankees

By January 31, 2013

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The market for designated hitters is, of course, limited to 15 teams. And of those 15, many envision that job as a partial day off for a regular who plays in the field.

That makes the job market for a guy like Travis Hafner very limited. But Hafner, once one of the most feared hitters in baseball before a series of injuries, just might find a home with the New York Yankees, who are in the market for bench bat/part-time DH with Alex Rodriguez out (perhaps for good).

The Indians could have picked up Hafner's $13 million option for this season, but obviously didn't, as he hit .228 with 12 homers in 66 games last season. He hasn't been truly productive since 2007, when he finished the last of four consecutive 100-RBI seasons in Cleveland.

But the Yankees have a history of turning other team's garbage into gold. Hafner is 35 and could have a couple of decent seasons left if he's able to stay healthy. The Yankees tried the same with Nick Johnson in 2010, and that didn't quite work out. (Johnson recently retired after several injury-plagued seasons.)

Who else is left on the free agent market? Check out the list of the top 40 free agents from this offseason, updated with their future teams if they've signed.


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