DH | 6'3", 240 lbs. |
Birth Date:June 3, 1977 (37 years old) Place of Birth:Jamestown, ND Hometown:Sykeston, ND
Drafted:Drafted by Texas in 1996 (31st round).
Drafted:Drafted by Texas in 1996 (31st round).
|Assets:||Brings an elite mix of power and plate patience. Has a good batting eye and can carry his team with his bat for stretches. Can be a clutch hitter.|
|Flaws:||Is injury-prone. Doesn't offer anything defensively or on the basepaths, as he's reduced to DH duties. Has become increasingly streaky with age.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran slugging DH.|
Career Honors & Awards
|South Atlantic League (A)||All-Star Team||1999|
|Class A+||All-Star Team||2000|
|Florida State League (A)||All-Star Team||2000|
|Gulf Coast League (R)||All-Star Team||1997|
Movements & Injuries
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|9/25/2013||Missed 54 games (strained right rotator cuff).|
|9/10/2013||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (strained right rotator cuff).|
|7/28/2013||Strained right rotator cuff, 15-day DL (retroactive to July 27th, 2013).|
|7/27/2013||Sore right shoulder, day-to-day.|
|7/13/2013||Missed 2 games (bruised left foot).|
|7/11/2013||Bruised left foot, day-to-day.|
|5/18/2013||Missed 4 games (sore right shoulder).|
|5/14/2013||Sore right shoulder, day-to-day.|
|2/01/2013||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees to a one-year contract.|
|10/31/2012||Cleveland Indians declined their contract option for the 2013 season.|
|9/19/2012||Missed 40 games (back injury).|
|8/09/2012||Back injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 6th, 2012).|
|8/06/2012||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|8/05/2012||Missed 1 game (sore back).|
|8/04/2012||Missed 3 games (paternity leave list).|
|8/04/2012||Sore back, day-to-day.|
|8/01/2012||Placed on the paternity leave list.|
|7/04/2012||Missed 37 games (right knee inflammation).|
|5/30/2012||Right knee inflammation, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 24th, 2012).|
|5/24/2012||Sore right knee, day-to-day.|
|5/04/2012||Missed 1 game (bruised right knee).|
|5/03/2012||Bruised right knee, day-to-day.|
|9/11/2011||Missed 20 games (right foot injury).|
|8/22/2011||Right foot injury, 15-day DL.|
|6/17/2011||Missed 27 games (oblique injury).|
|5/20/2011||Oblique injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 18th, 2011).|
|5/03/2011||Missed 4 games (right ankle injury).|
|4/28/2011||Right ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|8/15/2010||Missed 16 games (right shoulder injury).|
|8/03/2010||Right shoulder injury, early September (retroactive to July 29th, 2010).|
|7/29/2010||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|7/16/2010||Missed 1 game (back injury).|
|7/11/2010||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|9/02/2009||Missed 3 games (sore left shoulder).|
|8/29/2009||Sore left shoulder, day-to-day.|
|6/05/2009||Missed 35 games (shoulder injury).|
|4/29/2009||Shoulder injury, early September.|
|9/09/2008||Missed 92 games (right shoulder injury).|
|7/26/2008||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right shoulder injury).|
|5/30/2008||Right shoulder injury, 15-day DL.|
|5/27/2008||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|4/19/2008||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|4/18/2008||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|8/14/2007||Missed 4 games (knee injury).|
|8/09/2007||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|7/11/2007||Signed by the Cleveland Indians to a four-year contract extension.|
|10/02/2006||Missed the last 29 games of the regular season (hand injury).|
|9/03/2006||Hand injury, day-to-day.|
|7/01/2006||Missed 1 game (elbow injury).|
|6/30/2006||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|5/07/2006||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|8/04/2005||Missed 17 games (concussion).|
|7/26/2005||Concussion, 15-day DL (retroactive to Jul 17).|
|7/17/2005||Jaw injury, day-to-day.|
|4/13/2005||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a three-year contract.|
|3/03/2005||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|10/04/2004||Missed 7 games to the end of the regular season (elbow injury).|
|10/02/2004||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|8/22/2004||Missed 1 game (elbow injury).|
|8/21/2004||Elbow injury, day-to-day.|
|3/05/2004||Re-signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year contract.|
|7/12/2003||Recalled from Buffalo (AAA).|
|5/26/2003||Missed 14 games (toe injury).|
|5/26/2003||Optioned to Buffalo (AAA).|
|5/13/2003||Toe injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 10th).|
|5/10/2003||Toe injury, day-to-day.|
|12/06/2002||Acquired from the Texas Rangers.|
|8/06/2002||Recalled from Oklahoma (AAA).|
|3/15/2002||Optioned to Oklahoma (AAA).|
|3/28/2001||Optioned to minor league camp.|
|2/01/2013||Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees.|
|12/06/2002||Texas Rangers traded Travis Hafner and Aaron Myette to the Cleveland Indians for Einar Diaz and Ryan Drese.|
|6/04/1996||Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round in 1996.|
Hafner, 36, wants to continue playing career | 01/16/2014 10:50 AM
NewsTravis Hafner told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is hoping to continue his playing career.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
ImpactHafner agreed this week to join the baseball coaching staff at Notre Dame College in Ohio, but it's only a volunteer position and he can leave at any time. The 36-year-old hit just .202/.301/.378 for the Yankees in 2013 and is mostly limited to DH duties.
Hafner accepts college coaching job | 01/15/2014 1:56 PM
NewsAccording to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Travis Hafner has joined the coaching staff of Notre Dame College in Ohio.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactNo word on whether this officially means retirement, but Hafner likely hasn't drawn much interest this winter after batting just .202/.301/.378 over 299 plate appearances last season with the Yankees. He turns 37 in June.
Yankees activate DH Hafner from disabled list | 09/25/2013 12:44 PM
NewsYankees activated DH Travis Hafner from the 60-day disabled list.
ImpactHafner has been out since July with a rotator cuff strain. He'll return to a .205/.300/.384 batting line over 293 plate appearances.
Travis Hafner to be activated Wednesday | 09/25/2013 12:01 AM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.
Mark Feinsand on Twitter
ImpactHafner has been out since July with a rotator cuff strain. The Yankees are all but eliminated from playoff contention, but Pronk is at least feeling well enough to likely fill a pinch-hitting role over the final games.
Yankees transfer Travis Hafner to 60-day DL | 09/10/2013 4:48 PM
NewsYankees transferred DH Travis Hafner from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
ImpactIt was a procedural move to open a 40-man roster spot for new reliever Mike Zagurski. Hafner, who has ben out since July with a rotator cuff strain, is aiming to rejoin the Yankees' active roster in late September.
Travis Hafner has played in simulated game | 09/05/2013 9:11 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) recently played in a simulated game.
ImpactHe's not ready to play in a second one yet, though, so things might not have gone so well in the first one. The Yankees are hoping to get Hafner back sometime this month.
Hafner (shoulder) almost ready for live BP | 08/29/2013 8:47 AM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) hopes to begin taking batting practice by the end of this week.
New York Post
ImpactHafner is currently limited to "tee and toss" work but is about ready to face live pitching. The veteran designated hitter has been out since late July with a rotator cuff strain. He should be back in mid-September.
Travis Hafner placed on disabled list | 07/28/2013 12:32 PM
NewsYankees placed DH Travis Hafner on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 27, with right rotator cuff strain.
ImpactHafner has been playing through soreness for a while and finally decided it was too much to handle. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Derek Jeter is taking his spot on the roster.
Hafner (shoulder) headed to the disabled list | 07/27/2013 4:17 PM
NewsTravis Hafner will be placed on the disabled list.
Jack Curry on Twitter
ImpactThe move will probably be made official on Sunday, with Derek Jeter (quad) returning in a corresponding roster move. Hafner has been playing through shoulder soreness for a while and it has depressed his numbers significantly. He'll spend the next few weeks getting healthy.
Hafner (shoulder) held out of Yankees lineup | 07/27/2013 12:11 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) is not in the Yankees' lineup Saturday.
MLB Lineups on Twitter
ImpactHafner will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder and should be considered day-to-day. Alfonso Soriano will serve as the Yankees' designated hitter Saturday against the Rays.
Travis Hafner to undergo MRI on shoulder | 07/27/2013 10:48 AM
NewsTravis Hafner will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Saturday.
Daniel Barbarisi on Twitter
ImpactHafner has been dealing with shoulder soreness and will be reevaluated prior to Saturday's game. The results of the MRI will determine if he needs to be placed on the disabled list.
Travis Hafner goes hitless in loss | 07/22/2013 10:04 PM
NewsTravis Hafner went 0-for-2 with a walk on Monday and is 0-for-9 so far in the second half.
ImpactTonight's 0-for dropped Hafner's OPS under .700 for the season, that even though he came in at 1.104 during April. If the Yankees had anyone in the minors banging down the door, Hafner would probably get his walking papers. As is, they lack much in the way of alternatives.
Travis Hafner available to play | 07/14/2013 9:42 AM
NewsYankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that Travis Hafner (foot) is fine.
ImpactHafner injured his left foot while hitting off a pitching machine Wednesday, but he's been available the last two days and delivered a pinch-hit double Saturday. He's likely to start at DH on Sunday against Twins righty Kyle Gibson.
Travis Hafner (foot) not in Saturday's lineup | 07/13/2013 10:45 AM
NewsTravis Hafner (foot) is not in Saturday's lineup.
The Journal News
ImpactHafner has missed the last two games after he injured his left foot Wednesday while hitting off a pitching machine and remains day-to-day. Vernon Wells will continue to serve as the Yankees' designated hitter.
Hafner (foot) not in Yankees' lineup Thursday | 07/11/2013 11:26 AM
NewsTravis Hafner (foot) is not in the Yankees' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon vs. the Royals.
New York Yankees on Twitter
ImpactHafner injured his left foot Wednesday while hitting off a pitching machine. He's day-to-day with a bruise.
Travis Hafner exits with bruised foot | 07/10/2013 9:40 PM
NewsTravis Hafner left Wednesday's game against the Royals with a left foot contusion.
Mark Feinsand on Twitter
ImpactPronk underwent X-rays, which came back negative. He's being listed as day-to-day.
Hafner breaks out with three-run shot | 06/16/2013 6:59 PM
NewsTravis Hafner went 1-for-3 with a home run in Sunday's win over the Angels.
ImpactHafner walked in his first plate appearance and hit a three-run shot of Jered Weaver in the third inning. It was his first home run since June 5. Hafner is batting just .052 (1-for-19) over his last seven games.
Travis Hafner goes hitless in loss | 06/13/2013 1:35 AM
NewsTravis Hafner had his fourth straight hitless game Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
ImpactHafner is 4-for-27 this month, and he's batting .170 in 94 at-bats since the beginning of May. If the Yankees ever do get healthy, one wonders if there will still be a role for Hafner after the All-Star break.
Hafner out of lineup Tuesday vs. Indians | 06/04/2013 3:31 PM
NewsTravis Hafner is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactNot a huge surprise with Scott Kazmir on the hill for Cleveland. Robinson Cano is serving as the DH on Tuesday while David Adams plays second base.
Travis Hafner drives in a pair | 05/21/2013 10:40 PM
NewsTravis Hafner had a pair of RBI singles in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.
ImpactHafner plated runs in the first and fourth innings, but they were the only tallies the Yankees could muster in the extra innings loss. Pronk dealt with a shoulder issue last week, but he appears to be fine now, having homered twice and driven in two runs in each of his three games since returning to action.
Travis Hafner homers to lead Yankees in win | 05/20/2013 11:38 PM
NewsTravis Hafner homered in the ninth and singled in a run in the 10th in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Orioles on Monday.
ImpactThese are games that Baltimore was winning last year. But, of course, the Yankees didn't have Hafner and Vernon Wells then. Hafner's homer off Jim Johnson tied the game in the ninth. Wells had an RBI double to give the Yankees the lead in the 10th, and Hafner went on to single him in for insurance. Hafner also stole a base, well, just because. He has two this year after going 2011 and 2012 without even attempting one.
Hafner (shoulder) homers in return to action | 05/18/2013 3:49 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) clubbed a two-run homer in his return to action Saturday.
ImpactIt sounds like his shoulder is fine. Hafner now has seven homers in 100 at-bats this season, including five in just 54 at-bats at Yankee Stadium. The 35-year-old is not a good bet to hold up, but he should continue to be a useful option in daily fantasy leagues.
Hafner (shoulder) returns to Yankees' lineup | 05/18/2013 10:19 AM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) returned to the Yankees' lineup Saturday.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactHafner was available to pinch-hit Friday, but didn't start against left-hander Mark Buehrle. He returns after missing the last four games with shoulder tendinitis. With Curtis Granderson now healthy, the Yankees will go with a committee of Hafner and Vernon Wells at designated hitter. Hafner is batting .260/.383/.510 in 32 games this season.
Hafner (shoulder) available to pinch-hit Fri. | 05/17/2013 4:10 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) says he's available to pinch-hit Friday.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactHafner hasn't played since Monday due to shoulder tendinitis, but he was encouraged after a batting practice session Thursday. He likely would have started against a right-hander, but southpaw Mark Buehrle is on the hill for the Blue Jays. Perhaps he'll be back in there Saturday against Brandon Morrow.
Hafner (shoulder) out of lineup again Thu. | 05/16/2013 6:01 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) is out of the Yankees' lineup for the third straight day Thursday.
The Journal News
ImpactHafner hasn't played since Monday due to tendinitis in his right shoulder. He was scheduled to do some hitting prior to Thursday's game, so it's possible that he'll be available to pinch-hit.
Hafner (shoulder) hopes to return Thursday | 05/15/2013 3:43 PM
NewsTravis Hafner (shoulder) hopes to return to the starting lineup Thursday.
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactHafner hasn't played since Monday due to shoulder soreness. An MRI on Tuesday revealed tendinitis, so he's considered day-to-day for now.
Travis Hafner undergoing MRI on his shoulder | 05/14/2013 4:05 PM
NewsTravis Hafner will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.
Andy Martino on Twitter
ImpactHafner has been experiencing shoulder soreness recently, so he's going to rest for a few days and try to get some answers. The 35-year-old has a lengthy injury history, so the Yankees will be cautious. Fortunately, the Yankees can plug Vernon Wells in at DH now that Curtis Granderson (forearm) is back from the disabled list.
Hafner has three hits as Yankees beat Astros | 04/30/2013 11:30 PM
NewsTravis Hafner went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Yankees' win over the Astros on Tuesday.
ImpactHafner did his damage with three singles, but they were effective as he now has 17 RBI on the young season. Hitting .318, the designated hitter has entrenched himself in the Yankees lineup. When he's hitting like this, he's worth a look in deep mixed leagues.
Hafner homers, triples as Yankees beat Jays | 04/27/2013 7:09 PM
NewsTravis Hafner homered and tripled in the Yankees' 5-4 defeat of the Blue Jays on Saturday.
ImpactHafner hit a three-run shot over the right-center field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning and an RBI triple in the seventh, finishing the day with four total RBI. The veteran designated hitter has been a steal for the Yankees so far, boasting a .309/.433/.727 batting line, six home runs and 14 RBI in 19 games this season. He should keep rolling if he remains healthy.
Travis Hafner hits one out | 04/17/2013 9:51 PM
NewsTravis Hafner belted a pinch-hit, go-ahead solo homer in Wednesday's comeback win over the Diamondbacks.
ImpactHafner didn't start with the opposition sending a lefty to the mound, but he got his chance against right-handed electric setup man David Herandnez in the eighth and didn't disappoint. Pronk is now batting .342 with four bombs this season and needs to be started in mixed leagues while he's healthy and has a hot bat.
Travis Hafner homers in return to Cleveland | 04/08/2013 8:04 PM
NewsTravis Hafner had a huge day in his return to Cleveland on Monday, as he went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI.
ImpactHafner launched a three-run homer to straightaway center in first at-bat and added an RBI single in the third inning. He also drew two walks and scored three times. "Pronk" has hit safely in all seven games this season and should have value in deeper mixed leagues as long as he's healthy.
Yankees not concerned about Travis Hafner | 03/30/2013 6:00 PM
NewsThe Yankees are not concerned about the general stiffness that prevented Travis Hafner from playing Saturday.
The Journal News
Impact"He just wasn't able to do his normal routine, his normal cage stuff," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He was a little stiff. Nothing to be concerned about. He spends a lot of time getting loose every day and doing his routine, getting in hot tubs and taking his time in the cage. We just didn't have time to do that today." Hafner should be fine for the start of the 2013 regular season.
Hafner scratched from Yankees' lineup | 03/30/2013 2:10 PM
NewsTravis Hafner has been scratched from Saturday's lineup.
Erik Boland on Twitter
ImpactThe extent of the injury still hasn't been reported. It sounds like Hafner is dealing with some lower back stiffness. We should know more when the Yankees update his status.
Travis Hafner picks up three hits | 03/26/2013 10:38 PM
NewsTravis Hafner went 3-for-4 win a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Astros.
ImpactPronk is batting just .195 this spring after the three-hit night, but he does have two homers and two doubles. He's a poor bet to stay healthy, of course, but is an intriguing daily league play this season against righties with the short porch at Yankee Stadium.
Travis Hafner's average drops to .138 | 03/19/2013 4:49 PM
NewsTravis Hafner went 0-for-3 and struck out twice Tuesday against the Phillies.
ImpactHafner appears to be in need of more at-bats than he's been getting. He is 4-for-29 with one homer and 12 strikeouts this spring. Hafner's contract is guaranteed, so he's still assured of being the Yankees' DH against right-handed pitchers.
Yankees ink Travis Hafner to one-year deal | 02/01/2013 4:03 PM
NewsYankees signed DH Travis Hafner to a one-year, $2 million contract.
ImpactHe'll have a chance to make $4 million more through incentives. Hafner is obviously a poor bet to stay healthy, but he's a good bet to be pretty productive when on the field, and, at $2 million, the Yanks haven't risked much. The 35-year-old batted .228/.346/.438 with 12 home runs and a .784 OPS in 66 games with the Indians last season while battling knee and back injuries. He'll be the Bombers' regular DH against right-handed pitching.
Hafner's deal with Yankees worth around $2M | 01/31/2013 5:16 PM
NewsKen Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Travis Hafner's deal with the Yankees is worth around $2 million guaranteed.
Ken Davidoff on Twitter
ImpactChad Jennings of the Journal News reported Thursday afternoon that the two sides have a deal in place. It's a nice low-cost gamble for the Bombers, as Hafner could thrive with the short porch at Yankee Stadium. Of course, he's a poor bet to stay healthy.
Yankees have deal in place with Travis Hafner | 01/31/2013 3:10 PM
NewsAccording to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, the Yankees have a deal "in place" with Travis Hafner.
The Journal News
ImpactJennings suspects that an official announcement will be made within the next 24 hours. Hafner struggled to attract much interest this winter on the open market after batting .228/.346/.438 with 12 home runs in 66 games last season for the Indians. He's injury prone but will carry decent fantasy value in New York if he can stay healthy.
Yankees might be close to deal with Hafner | 01/30/2013 12:42 PM
NewsRob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Yankees might be close to a deal with free agent designated hitter Travis Hafner.
Rob Bradford on Twitter
ImpactIf signed, Hafner would project as the team's primary designated hitter against right-handed pitching. The 35-year-old batted .228/.346/.438 with 12 home runs and a .784 OPS in 66 games with the Indians last season while battling knee and back injuries.
Indians consider reunions with Hafner, Thome | 01/23/2013 11:15 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Travis Hafner and Jim Thome are among free agent hitters being considered by the Indians.
ImpactThe Indians declined Hafner's $13 million option for 2013 in October, but they aren't against bringing him back at a lesser salary. The 42-year-old Thome, who played for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again 2011, is working out in hopes of getting a worthwhile offer. Heyman hears that there has been some buzz about a possible reunion with Manny Ramirez, but one person familiar with the Indians' thinking said that he's not a consideration at this point.
Indians could bring back Travis Hafner | 01/06/2013 7:00 PM
NewsIndians GM Chris Antonetti said Travis Hafner is a possibility for their DH vacancy.
ImpactThe Indians declined Hafner's $13 million option this offseason, but haven't ruled out bringing him back on a lesser contract. "He could be [an option], potentially," Antonetti said. "I think some of that is going to depend on other opportunities, as well as what we may have for him compared to other guys." If Hafner isn't re-signed, the Indians could go with a rotation at DH in 2013. Current in-house options include Mike Aviles, Tim Fedroff, and Rule 5 pick Chris McGuiness.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Highs (SEASON)
|At Bats||545||2007 (Cle)|
|Triples||3||2 times-last: 2004 (Cle)|
|Home Runs||42||2006 (Cle)|
|Total Bases||299||2006 (Cle)|
|Extra-Base Hits||75||2005 (Cle)|
|Runs Batted In||117||2006 (Cle)|
|Base on Balls||102||2007 (Cle)|
|Times on Base||254||2007 (Cle)|
|Stolen Bases||3||2004 (Cle)|
|Caught Stealing||2||2004 (Cle)|
|Batting Average||.311||2004 (Cle)|
|On Base Percentage||.439||2006 (Cle)|
|Slugging Percentage||.659||2006 (Cle)|