Indians Rumors: Tribe Expected to Buyout Travis Hafner's Contract

Sep 5, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians injured player Travis Hafner (48) is interviewed during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Indians are expected to buyout the final year of designated hitter Travis Hafner’s contract, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

This winter, the Indians will need to decide between a $13 million club option for 2013 or a $2.75 million buyout of Hafner's contract. Cleveland is expected to take the less expensive option.

Hafner has been out since the beginning of August due to a back injury. After missing another extensive stretch of action due to injury, the 35-year-old has now gone five seasons without registering at least 400 at-bats. He’s only played in more than ninety-four games for the Indians once in the past five seasons.

When he has been able to play this year, Hafner has been fairly productive, hitting at a clip of .239/.355/.453 with six doubles and eleven home runs. Still, he’s a far cry from his former self, as he owns a career line of .278/.382/.508 over eleven seasons in the majors.

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Should Cleveland buyout Travis Hafner's final season?

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