Indians decline to pick up options on Travis Hafner, Roberto Hernandez

Jason Miller

Cleveland opted to buy out the contract of aging slugger Travis Hafner on Wednesday, and did not pick up a $6 million option on Roberto Hernandez.

On the same day the Cleveland Indians exercised an option on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, the club also declined to pick up the contracts of both Travis Hafner and Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona), as reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Faced with a possible $13 million price tag for Hafner, a 35-year-old designated hitter who hit just .228 this past season, the Indians made the move to take his contract off their books for a $2.75 million buyout fee. Hafner has played more than 100 games in a season just one time since 2007 and is no longer the elite power threat from the left side of the plate like he was in his prime.

Hernandez, who had his reputation tarnished significantly after his false identity of Fausto Carmona was exposed, immediately had his contract option re-negotiated with the Indians soon after his legal issues became public. Although Hernandez carries a $6 million option for next season, the Indians were clearly not impressed with his three-game stint in 2012 and opted to let him test out free agency.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Cleveland

You must be a member of SB Nation Cleveland to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Cleveland. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.