The 2012 New York Yankees finished behind only the Texas Rangers in run production with 804 runs. Yet as Spring Training approaches, the Yankees have reason to be nervous about their 2013 offense. The losses of Nick Swisher (.272/.364/.473/.201 - BA/OBP/SLG/ISO), Russell Martin (.211/.311/.403/.192), Eric Chavez (.281/.348/.496/.216), and Raul Ibanez (.240/.308/.453/.214), among others, will be tough to overcome. Making matters worse, they will have to deal with the injury, and steroid suspicion, of Alex Rodriguez, as well as the possible age-related decline of players such as Ichiro Suzuki, Mark Teixeira, and Derek Jeter (not to mention Jeter's return from injury). To address these concerns, the Yankees have made offensive acquisitions such as Kevin Youkilis, and will also get Brett Gardner back from the elbow injury that forced him to miss almost all of last season. One particularly interesting offensive piece the Yankees picked up earlier this month was Travis Hafner.

Dan Szymborski recently released his famed ZiPS projections for the New York Yankees. The first thing that jumps out to me is that Hafner is projected for 322 plate appearances. That essentially slots him into the role of Eric Chavez from 2012 (313 PA). The two biggest factors that could change this number, apart from Hafner's production, are the timeframe of A-Rod's injury and Hafner's own potential injuries. The man they call Pronk is known for being injury-prone, and 322 plate appearances seem like a high number for an oft-injured 36-year-old player. Below is a chart of his career plate appearances: