It’s official: Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret is a free agent. In other words, the Indians declined the 2013 club option on Travis Hafner. They also declined the option on RHP Robert Hernandez, but did exercise the 2013 option on RHP Ubaldo Jimenez. Hernandez clearly needs a fresh start, and this isn’t the place to do it. I hope he does well (but perhaps not 2007 well–that would just be too depressing.) As far as Jimenez, why not pick him up for another year? He’ll pitch a lot of innings for you, and reliably inconsistent in that you can tell early in the game whether good Jimenez or bad Jimenez showed up that night.
And then there’s Hafner… As much as I’ve loved watching Travis Hafner in his ten years as an Indian, the past two seasons made it clear that his body has reached the end of the baseball line. The Indians have made some polite noises about possibly picking him up as a free agent depending on how the roster shakes out, but after what happened with Grady Sizemore, I just can’t see them spending the money on a guy whom they know breaks faster than he can heal and has no versatility.
In other roster moves, the Indians outrighted outfielder Vinny Rottino and RHP Kevin Slowey to AAA Columbus roster. LHP Scott Maine was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. Our 40-man roster currently has 34 players with three on the 60-day DL.