Indians Mulling Potential A.J. Burnett For Travis Hafner Swap
The New York Yankees could potential deal starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to Cleveland for Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner, according to CBS Sports.
The Yankees have been attempting to move Burnett this offseason after the 34-year-old starter has failed to perform since signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract in 2009. Hafner is in the final season of a six-year, $66 million deal he signed in 2007.
Hafner, 34, hit .280/.361/.449 with 13 home runs and 57 RBI in just 94 games for the Indians last season. The former MVP candidate has not been able to stay healthy since 2007, having failed to play in more than 120 games in each of the past four seasons. In 2006, Hafner hit 42 home runs and drove in 117 RBIs while posting a league-leading 1.097 OPS.
Burnett, also 34, went 11-11 last season with a 5.14 ERA in 32 starts for the Yankees. It marked the second consecutive season that the right-hander posted an ERA above 5.00, and the fourth year the hurler failed to post a sub 4.00 ERA. The former 18-game-winner, however, has been able to pitch 185 innings-or-more in each of the past four years.