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Indians sign Travis Hafner to six-year contract
07/12/2007 1:17 PM ET
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed 1B/DH Travis Hafner to a four-year contract extension through the 2012 season with a club option for the 2013 campaign. The contract, which contains new salary provisions for Hafner in 2007 and 2008, includes substantial contributions to Cleveland Indians Charities throughout the life of the deal.

Hafner, 30, is one of the most prolific hitters in the 107-year history of the Cleveland Indians organization. He currently owns a career Major League average of .292 (606-2076) with 148 doubles, 132 home runs and 437 RBI in 604 games. He has topped the 100 RBI mark in each of the last three seasons since 2004. He currently ranks third in Indians franchise history in career slugging percentage (.569), fifth in career on-base percentage (.403) and 12th in career home runs (131). He also ranks second in Tribe history among designated hitters in career HR (120) and RBI (399).

From 2004 to present he owns an average of .300 (517-1723) with 117HR and 391 RBI in 490 games (.415 OB%/.583 SLG%). Among Major League hitters, only Alex RODRIGUEZ (.302, 149HR, 443RBI), Manny RAMIREZ (.303, 134HR, 421RBI), Albert PUJOLS (.327, 152HR, 429RBI) and Vladimir GUERRERO (.328, 118HR, 425RBI) approach Hafner's numbers (at least .300BA, 117+HR, 391+RBI) in the triple-crown categories (source Elias Sports Bureau).

In 2006 Hafner set new single-season club records for HR (39) and RBI (110) as a DH while his 42 total homers tied him for the eighth highest single-season total in club history as he became just the second Indian ever with 40 HR, 100 walks, 100 runs scored and 100 RBI in the same season (Jim Thome 3x). His American League-leading .659 slugging % was the sixth highest total in club history as he finished eighth in the AL MVP balloting.

In addition, he finished the 2006 season tied for third in the AL in HR (42), sixth in RBI (117), tied for fourth in walks (100) and tied for fifth in extra base hits (74) despite missing the last 29 games of the season with a broken right hand. His combined on-base plus slugging % of 1.098 (OPS) was first in the AL ahead of Manny Ramirez' 1.058. He also finished second in the AL in on-base % (.439)

This season Travis is hitting .262 (79-301) with 11 doubles, 14 homers and 57 RBI in 84 games. He currently ranks 11th in the American League in RBI, first in walks (65) and 13th in on-base % (.397). He is on pace to drive in 105 runs, which would mark his fourth consecutive season with at least 100RBI. Hafner carries a 10-game hitting streak into the second half of play, hitting .300 (12-40) over the streak with two HR and six RBI. He has reached base via base hit or walk in 15 straight games since June 24.

Hafner, who was a 31st round selection by Texas in the 1996 draft, was acquired by the Indians on Dec. 6, 2002 from the Rangers for CA Einar Diaz and RHP Ryan Drese.

"Not only is Travis Hafner among the elite hitters in Major League Baseball today, but he will now have the opportunity to establish himself as one of the great players in the proud history of the Cleveland Indians organization," said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President & General Manager MARK SHAPIRO. "This contract is both a credit to Travis's offensive performance and a testament to who he is as a teammate, his relentless work ethic and his strong desire to help bring a championship to Cleveland. We are pleased to have Travis and his wife, Amy, in the Northeast Ohio community for many years to come."

Added Shapiro: "The signing of Travis Hafner is yet another example of ownership's commitment to the long-term stability and competitiveness of the Cleveland Indians organization. This signing along with the others that preceded it should give our fans reason for great excitement and optimism for both 2007 and beyond."

In the last four months alone, the Dolan ownership has committed nearly $100 million dollars to Jake Westbrook and Travis Hafner. These deals coupled with existing commitments to CC Sabathia, Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee, David Dellucci, Jhonny Peralta and others represent future financial commitments of over $160 million dollars.

The following players are currently signed or under the club's control through at least the 2010 season:

DH/1B TRAVIS HAFNER (club option 2013)
RHP JAKE WESTBROOK (signed thru 2010)
LHP CLIFF LEE (club option 2010)
RHP FAUSTO CARMONA
CA VICTOR MARTINEZ (club option 2010)
INF JOSH BARFIELD
SS JHONNY PERALTA (club option 2011)
1B RYAN GARKO
OF GRADY SIZEMORE (club option 2012)

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