Yankees interested in Travis Hafner

Updated: January 30, 2013, 6:30 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Yankees have interest in designated hitter Travis Hafner, sources confirmed Wednesday.

If signed, Hafner, 35, would fill the void as the left-handed DH, which opened when Raul Ibanez signed with the Seattle Mariners earlier this offseason. Hafner also could play some first base.

Sources said Hafner likely would be offered a one-year, incentive-laden major league deal.

WEEI in Boston first reported the Yankees' interest.

Hafner's career has been derailed by injuries. For four seasons (2004-07), he was one of the best players in baseball, finishing in the top eight in AL MVP voting each of those years.

In each of the past five seasons, however, he has played in more than 100 games only once. In 2012 with the Indians, he hit .228 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in 66 games. He turns 36 in June.

From the right side, the Yankees could use a rotation of players to DH, much as they did in 2012. Eduardo Nunez, if he makes the team, could be one bat, while the Yankees also could use it as a resting stop for older players such as Derek Jeter, Kevin Youkilis and, if he returns, Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees also have picked up right-handed hitting outfielders Matt Diaz, Russ Canzler and Juan Rivera.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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