In The Sound of Music, a bunch of nuns sing “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” A few days ago, Stephanie asked “What do you do with Grady Sizemore?” That post got me to thinking about the $13 million elephant in the room, Travis Hafner.
I want to preface this conversation by noting my undying love for Travis Hafner. In our house, he’s known as Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret. However, I’m starting to think that Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret has to go. He’s under contract for $13 million in 2012 with a $13 million club option for 2013 with a $2.75 million buyout. His contract has a limited no-trade clause allowing him to block trades to certain unspecified clubs. He’s batting .281 this season, but has only 324 plate appearances, which doesn’t qualify him for anything except the $40 grand per plate appearance club.
How can you justify paying a guy that much to DH in 100 games for 50 RBI? It’s a lousy return on your investment. The question is, “What do you do with him?” Given the injuries Hafner has had the past couple of years, I’m not sure the Indians would find any takers if they tried to trade him. I think the best we could hope to get for him would be a couple of low-ranking prospects. Buying out his contract is not an attractive option either. One solution would be to make back his salary is by selling Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore paper doll sets.
At this point, it seems appropriate. Any other creative solutions?