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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yankees.com: Yankees interested in Hafner for vacant DH role

NEW YORK—The Yankees have expressed interest in free-agent slugger Travis Hafner, as the club is looking toward the remaining late-winter options for its designated hitter slot.

Hafner, 35, batted .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in 64 games for the Indians last season, and is among a group of players the Yankees are looking at to serve in a DH role.

Cleveland cut ties with Hafner in October, choosing to pay the left-handed hitter a $2.75 million buyout instead of a $13 million option for the 2013 season, but the Indians and Hafner are believed to have remained in contact.

Hafner, the owner of 201 home runs over 11 seasons, has not played the field in a big league game since 2007. As a full-time DH with the Yankees, he would essentially fill the role envisioned last season for Raul Ibanez.

Hafner hasn’t been able to stay healthy and he can’t play defense at all, but the Yankees could use a lefty DH and he’s about as good of an option as any that would be available on their terms.  He’s not the power hitter that led the AL in OPS+ a few years back but he still projects to get on base at a good clip and may be well-positioned to take advantage of a disgraceful bandbox.  Here are his CAIRO percentile forecasts in said disgraceful bandbox.

% PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO GDP HBP AVG OBP SLG wOBA BR BRAR
80% 372 323 44 94 20 2 18 58 3 0 47 63 4 10 .291 .407 .539 .414 67 18
65% 341 296 38 81 17 1 15 49 2 0 40 62 5 8 .275 .381 .494 .383 54 10
Baseline 310 269 31 70 13 1 12 42 1 0 34 60 6 6 .260 .354 .449 .353 42 2
35% 279 242 26 59 10 0 9 35 1 1 28 58 6 4 .244 .327 .404 .322 32 -4
20% 248 215 21 49 8 0 7 28 0 1 22 54 7 3 .229 .300 .359 .291 23 -9

BR: Linear weights batting runs
BRAR: BR above replacement level, adjusted for position
wOBA: Weighted on-base average

If he can stay healthy, he probably gets a few more than those 310 baseline PAs.  Here are his projected platoon splits for wOBA.

% wOBA vs L wOBA vs R
80% .375 .416
65% .351 .390
Baseline .328 .364
35% .304 .338
20% .280 .311

I have no idea who the Yankees would use at DH if they don’t sign Hafner.  The best option is probably Russ Canzler who projects to have a wOBA of .315 vs RHP.  Over 400 PA, the difference between that .315 wOBA and Hafner’s .364 projection vs. RHP would be worth close to 17 runs. 

I’d like to see them sign Hafner but keep Canzler as well since he has more positional flexibility (as in more than none).  I’m not sure the Yankees will do that though.  But I’d be cool with Pronk for one year in the $5M area.

--Posted at 1:45 pm by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)



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