First Victor, now Pronk

Just a week after locking up Victor Martinez, the Indians announced that they’ve agreed to a three-year contract extension with Travis Hafner. The deal, reportedly worth $7 million, runs through 2007 and also includes a club option for 2008.

This is just one more fantastic move by GM Mark Shapiro, reminiscent of the mid-90s when John Hart inked guys like Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Charlie Nagy to long-term deals at bargain prices. You knew Shapiro would move on to Hafner shortly after extending Martinez, and now you’ve got to wonder if he’s working on someone else. Regardless of his next step, Tribe fans should be thrilled with the direction Shapiro is taking this team. Another stretch of AL Central crowns and Jacobs Field sellouts may be just around the corner.

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