Indians Decline Options on Hafner, Hernandez


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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians exercised the 2013 option on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but declined options on pitcher Roberto Hernandez ( formerly Fausto Carmona) and designated hitter Travis Hafner.

Jimenez, 28, went 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts for the Indians in 2012.  For the season he averaged 7.3 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, 16th among American League starting pitchers and tops on the Tribe pitching staff. 

Hafner hit .228 in 2012 between two stints on the disabled list, while Hernandez was limited to three August starts in 2012.  Hafner and Hernandez are both eligible for free agency.

New manager Terry Francona also announced his 2013 coaching staff.  Sandy Alomar (Bench Coach), Mickey Callaway (Pitching Coach), Kevin Cash (Bullpen Coach), Brad Mills (Third Base Coach), Mike Sarbaugh (First Base Coach) and Ty Van Burkleo (Hitting Coach) were added to the Major League coaching staff for the upcoming season.  The staff owns a combined 148 years of experience in professional baseball.

Alomar was the only other candidate seriously considered for the manager’s job.

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