Chris Antonetti said it was the toughest contract tender decision the club had to make.
But they had to make it.
Jack Hannahan was not tendered a contract for the 2013 season, thus making him a free agent and free to explore other opportunities.
Whether "Super Mannahan" will gain other opportunities is a given. He's proven to be a useful major league player and there is going to be some team that is looking for a top-notch defensive backup that will scoop him up and sign him. He even can give you some sort of a pop at times and is surely a veteran presence in the clubhouse.
The Indians though, have no room for him on a team that is looking to start Lonnie Chisenhall full-time, and have some flexibility off the bench. Especially with Mike Aviles on board.
If the Indians would have somehow found a way to sign a top-notch left field bad, I'd almost argue you could try Hannahan out at as a part-time first baseman, but that's too creative.
Hannahan carved himself out a niche in Cleveland. He was never supposed to be anything more than a depth option at third base a few years ago. Jason Donald was supposed to be the starter in 2011 until he got injured in spring training. Hannahan not only took advantage of the opportunity, he made his stay in Cleveland last two years and he established himself as a fan favorite for his superb glovework and firey on-the-field play.