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