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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Pay Hafner

37 HRs, 109 RBIs... On a team well out of contention. Travis Hafner is the straw that stirs the drink in Cleveland. But don't tell him that. The 29-year-old might be the most humble big-leaguer you'll ever meet. When I interviewed Hafner after his record-tying grand slam last week, he acted like it was just another day at the office. That's why the Tribe should give the slugger a new contract this off-season. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hafner will make a base salary of $3.95 million in 2007. The club option is worth $4.95 million or a $250,000 buyout. Pay the man. Give him a new deal that pays him what he's worth so he doesn't run for the money at the end of his current deal. If Larry Dolan ever wants to bring a championship to Cleveland, the team will need Hafner to drive in runs. Sign him. Let him DH until he's tired of sending balls to Pronkville. Who cares if he doesn't play first base? He is one of the few players fans know and love. And he drives in runs .. and runs.. and runs. Too many times we've seen players exit Cleveland and continue to produce. Omar is still playing in San Francisco. Manny Ramirez... (Thome is having a good year, but without his departure, we probably wouldn't have Pronk). Pay Hafner.

3 Comments:

  • At 8/20/2006, Blogger RW said…

    I love how Pronk just keeps plugging along. You never really hear much from him, but his numbers speak loud enough.

     
  • At 8/21/2006, Blogger Luke said…

    Nice write-up. If the Tribe is serious about being a contender for years to come then they need to lock him up now and assure themselves that they will have one of the top hitters in the game for many, many years.

     
  • At 9/01/2006, Blogger dwhit said…

    If Pronk leaves Cleveland a la Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel... etc, etc, etc. I may have to stop watching baseball.

    Totally agree with your write-up. It's time for Larry Dolan to open up his wallet and make sure he keeps the core of this team locked down.

     

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