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.