Nothing too Earth shattering in this article about Travis Hafner. Just your run-of-the-mill “Player X is feeling great and ready to contribute next season” piece. But man, I had forgotten just how bad a deal the Tribe made with this guy:
Though the Indians have young, emerging talent in the likes Shin-Soo
Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt LaPorta, having a veteran power bat in
the middle of the order remains a must.
Especially when you remember the Tribe still owes Hafner $11.5
million in 2010, $13 million in 2011 and $13 million in 2012. And don’t
forget that $2.75 million buyout if his 2013 club option isn’t
Sweet sassy-molassy that’s a lot of money to pay a guy who could hit a few years ago.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.