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When the Atlanta Braves pulled off a deal with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday to send Tommy Hanson west, the deal felt lopsided. The Braves were getting a relief pitcher who had never developed into anything close to a star. Hanson, on the other hand, was a top prospect and exceeded expectations once he came up. The trade seemed to be a loss on the Braves' end, but there may have been some hidden strategy behind it.
In an article today, Sports Illustrated suggests that the Braves shipped off Hanson in effort to avoid potential future injury issues. The team may have felt they got the best out of Hanson they could and it was smart to deal him while he still had some solid value.
The Angels are not necessarily receiving a pitcher who will instantly hit the disabled list. Hanson may never hit the DL. But the fact is, his velocity had dropped and his performance had diminished over the last couple seasons. Atlanta recognized this and rather than roll the dice on keeping him, they rolled the dice on him excelling in Los Angeles.
Hanson is still just 26 years old. He has a career ERA of 3.61. However, his 2012 season was one to forget. Hanson went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA. It was a huge increase over his 2011 ERA of 3.60. The Angels, though, are getting a cost-controlled player in this deal. Hanson is arbitration-eligible this season and won't be a free agent until 2016.
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Braves General Manager Frank Wren is a busy man. On Wednesday, he hauled in the first big free agent catch of the 2012-13 off-season, signing outfielder BJ Upton to a 5-year deal. Today, RHP Tommy Hanson was shipped to his native SoCal, heading to the Angels in return for hard-throwing reliever Jordan Walden. If you’re not familiar with Walden, here’s a quick rundown. 2013 will...
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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...
The Braves have traded Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for former closer Jordan Walden.
The 26-year-old Hanson set a career high with 13 wins this year but his 4.48 ERA also was a career worst. The right-hander was 45-32 in four seasons with the Braves.
Walden had 32 saves in 2011, then lost his closer's role to Ernesto Frieri and was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save...
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired starting pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Here are two summaries from MLBTR:
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Club sends RHP Jordan Walden to Braves in exchange
ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today acquired RHP Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Jordan Walden. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Hanson, 26, went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA (174.2 IP – 87 ER) in 31 starts for Atlanta in 2012, his fourth season with the Braves. His 13 wins established...
The Braves have acquired right-handed pitcher Jordan Walden from the LA Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 30, 2012
My initial reaction:
WAIT WHAT DID WE GET IN RETURN FOR TOMMY HANSON HE IS GOING TO LOOK SO RED IN AN ANGELS UNIFORM
— Lauren T. (@BravesLove) November 30, 2012
I am not sad.
In many ways this was a salary...
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