Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE
The Indians are still in the market for a desginated hitter, and they haven't closed the door on bringing back Travis Hafner.
While they’ve acquired several players this offseason, including Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher and Brett Myers, the Cleveland Indians continue to be in the market for a designated hitter, and the club hasn’t closed the door on re-signing veteran free agent Travis Hafner, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:
While the DH role is still unsolved -- especially after Cleveland lost Russ Canzler to the Yankees on waivers on Friday -- the Indians could go a couple of directions. The team could go with a rotation of players at DH or continue to look for a full-time option. Antonetti did not rule out the possibility of bringing Hafner back on a lesser contract.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that Hafner could "potentially" land with the Indians. The GM added that the likelihood of a reunion will depend on what other opportunities the slugger receives and his thoughts on returning to Cleveland.
The Indians elected to decline Hafner’s $13 million option for 2013 earlier this offseason, instead opting to pay him a $2.75 million buyout. The 35-year-old hit .228/.346/.438 with six doubles and 12 home runs over 219 at-bats last season.
If Cleveland decides to stay in-house to fill their DH vacancy, Bastian notes some of the candidates include Rule 5 Draft pick Chris McGuinness, catcher Yan Gomes, utility man Mike Aviles and outfielders Ezequiel Carrera and Tim Fedroff.