Remember When: Travis Hafner


This week on Remember When….We are reaching way back to one of our Mid-2000’s studs, Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians.

There was a time when Pronk, as he affectionately became known, was one of the most coveted first basemen/DH’s in fantasy baseball. But, as has become the norm, after a couple good seasons he signed a monster contract and has been a drag on the team ever since. Hafner’s numbers from 2004-2006 were trending to make you believe we had a star on the rise:

Year Games Runs HR RBI SB Avg
2004 140 96 28 109 3 .311
2005 137 94 33 108 0 .305
2006 129 100 42 117 0 .308

Hafner was a four category superstar who appeared to be improving in the power category every year. Suddenly, at 29 years old, Pronk was a baseball phenom. Then in July, 2007 Hafner was signed to a 4 year, 57 million dollar contract extension during a slightly down season. That contract runs through 2012 with a club option for 2013 at 13 million dollars. Since that season, his numbers have been as follows:

Year Games Runs HR RBI SB Avg
2007 152 80 24 100 1 .266
2008 57 21 5 24 1 .197
2009 94 46 16 49 0 .272
2010 118 46 13 50 2 .278

Admittedly, Hafner has had a malady of injuries which have accelerated his decline, but I think we would all agree that the Indians haven’t exactly gotten a great return on their money up until this point. I believe the team option is a lock to be declined barring some incredible turn, which will allow the team to move forward. Hopefully all of us fantasy players have moved on to new horizons long ago.

5 responses to “Remember When: Travis Hafner

  1. Mikewritesfic 21 February 2011 at 14:07

    Hafner killed me in 2008 and maybe this time around he’ll be worth a very late flier.

  2. Mike 21 February 2011 at 14:47

    I traded FOR him in our 2006 keeper. Idiot!

    • Chris I. 21 February 2011 at 20:44

      Can blame you for thinking Hafner would continue to rake. Injuries have dogged him for 3 years now, but even in 07 you saw a big drop off when healthy. Of course that was right around when MLB started getting serious about steroids. I dont put too much stock in player performance on or off steroids, but for certain ones it seems interesting how they just fell off so sharply when PED’s were tested for.

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