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Yankees officially sign Travis Hafner to 1-year deal

Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians singles

Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians singles to left field scoring Carlos Santana #41 in the seventh inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. (Aug. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty

The Yankees officially signed lefthanded designated hitter/first baseman Travis Hafner to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

The 35-year-old hit .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in 66 games last season with the Cleveland Indians. The once big-time slugger owns a career 201 home runs in his 11 years in the majors.

Hafner is expected to fill the designated hitter role for the Yankees in place of the righthanded Eduardo Nunez.

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