Things have been quiet this winter for free agent slugger Travis Hafner, and it now seems like retirement is an option for him. According to multiple sources, players on the baseball team at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, have been told by their coaching staff that Hafner is likely to join the team as an assistant coach if he is unable to secure a desirable contract for next season.
Hafner could start at D-2 Notre Dame College as soon as next week, according to a source within the program, who also notes that Hafner's wife, Amy, is a cheerleading coach at the school.
Athletic director Scott Swain and head coach Len Barker did not respond to e-mails regarding Hafner, and the school has not publicly commented on the possibility of the former Indian joining the coaching staff.
While Hafner has not officially announced his retirement, his consideration of the job with Notre Dame College shows that he is at least considering the possibility of moving on from his playing career. The 36-year old is likely considering the job as a contingency plan if he is unable to land a desirable free agent contract.
In 82 games with the Yankees last season, Hafner hit .202 with 12 HR and 37 RBI in his first season outside of Cleveland. He is a lifetime .273 hitter with 213 HR and 731 RBI in twelve major league seasons with the Rangers (2002), Indians (2003-2012), and Yankees (2013).