Welcome to the Pronx?

Maybe so, if the Yankees complete their negotiations with Travis Hafner and the slugger tweaks his nickname — "Pronk." The Yanks are close to finishing off a one-year deal with the slugger, who could give the club a potent lefty designated hitter if he can stay healthy.

"It's not a deal until it's a deal, but it'll happen," according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.

Hafner, 35, had four consecutive 100-or-more RBI seasons from 2004-07 and led the American League in slugging and OPS in 2006. But he played in only 53% of possible games for the Indians over the past five years because of a variety of injuries.

Last year, Hafner batted .228 with a .784 OPS and 12 homers in 66 games for Cleveland.

METS SIGN HAWKINS: The Mets added another veteran candidate to their bullpen brigade on Thursday, signing LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. And they may not be done stockpiling relievers, a source said.