Saturday, September 24, 2011
Remembering the Hafner trade
Just the other day, Cleveland Indian first baseman Travis Hafner recorded his 1,000th hit (injuries in recent years is the only reason this took so long). In 2002, the Texas Rangers sent Hafner and Aaron Myette to Drew Carey-land for Ryan Drese and Einar Diaz. At the time, Baseball America called it one of the most lopsided trades in history. Certainly there have been more lopsided trades in baseball history, but its pretty lopsided (sorry Ranger fans). Hafner is really the only guy in the trade that turned out to be any good at all (Drese had one nice season for the Rangers). The Rangers got a grand total of 3.8 WAR from Drese and Diaz in Texas, while Cleveland has gotten 22.9 Wins after Replacement from Hafner (Myette only gave them a -.3 WAR in his one year). Hafner's PPG has been 1.38 in his career (he had a 1.6 PPG in the Rangers minor league system) and he has had 2 seasons with an OPS of over 1,000. For what its worth, his minor league metrics per season was 1 more homer, .017 on the batting average, .025 on the OBP, and 13 more RBIs.