New York Yankees to sign Travis Hafner

The New York Yankees have a deal in place with free agent designated hitter Travis Hafner, according to Chad Jennings of The Journal News.

Jennings says Hafner’s new deal with the Yankees is being finalized and could be announced as soon as today. It’s a one-year contract which guarantees the veteran slugger in the range of $2 million, according to Ken Davidoff of The New York Post.

Hafner will be used exclusively against right-handed pitching as a left-handed-hitting DH. The 35-year-old owns a career batting line of .287/.391/.534 against right-handers, and his power is a nice fit for Yankee Stadium.

Hafner reached free agency following the season when the Indians elected to buy out his remaining contract for $2.75 million rather than exercise his $13 million option for 2013. He has struggled with injuries over the past few seasons, as he hasn’t registered more than 400 at-bats since 2007.

Still, this seems to be a nice investment on the part of the Yankees, as they won’t be committing much to a player with a solid track record and potential to post a productive season in the Big Apple.

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