The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves. The one time stud prospect has dealt with shoulder problems recently and has seen a decline in his velocity. Should he recover some of that loss velocity, Hanson has the ability to be a top of the line starter for years to come.
Hanson, a 26-year-old right-hander has a 45-32 career record and 3.61 earned-run average in four seasons with the Braves and went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA, 161 strikeouts and 71 walks in 174 2/3 innings in 2012. He will join C.J. Wilson and Jered Weaver in the Angels rotation. The team is currently deciding on whether or not to tender a contract to Jerome Williams.
In his first year of arbitration, Hanson is expected to be rewarded with a contract worth $4 million. The Braves saw Hanson as an option as the teams fifth starter. Aside from shoulder problems, Hanson also was bothered by a back strain for much of last season.
In exchange for Hanson the Angels traded away Jordan Walden. Wald...