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Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens once looked to be the future of the Braves rotation. Now if they build on their early promise, theyll be doing it in different uniforms.
The Braves traded Hanson to the Angels for reliever Jordan Walden as part of a busy day for Atlantas rotation. The club also has also announced it will not tender a contract to Jurrjens (or reliever Peter Moylan).
In exchange for Hanson, the Braves strengthen an already formidable bullpen by adding Walden, who saved 32 games as a rookie closer in 2011.
We want to thank Tommy for his contributions to our organization. Braves general manager Frank Wren said. We were looking to add another power arm to our bullpen and Jordan brings a power arm with well-above-average stuff.
The Braves were expected to move a starter given their overload at the position, but it seemed unlikely both Hanson and Jurrjens would find themselves the odd men out.
Hanson, the Braves former No. 1 prospect, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts last season, continuing what has been a drop off.
In his rookie season in 2009, he started 9-2 and finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He would go on to throw 460 innings with a 3.28 ERA over his first three years.
While he had a career-high 13 wins last season and 161 strikeouts, his ERA rose to 4.48 during 12. He suffered from back and shoulder injuries and walked a career-high 71 batters in 174 13 innings.
At 26 with plenty of upside to draw interest, and with a deal that has him under club control until 2015, moving Hanson made sense.
Jurrjens, 26, burst onto the scene with an impressive rookie year in 2008 in which he led the Braves with 13 wins and 139 strikeouts. He went on to win 14 games in 09 with a 2.60 ERA and 152 Ks, but he suffered a shoulder injury the following spring and his 10 was cut short with a right knee injury which also caused him to miss the first two weeks of 2011.
He bounced back to make his only All-Star Game appearance the following season in which he went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. Jurrjens velocity was down and so were his strikeouts, falling to 5.3 per nine innings, his lowest since joining the Braves.
Jurrjens was sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett last season, and while he returned to Atlanta in June, he allowed 14 earned runs over his last two starts before being placed on the disabled list Aug. 1 with a strained groin. He finished last season with a 6.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts to 18 walks.
By not tendering a deal to Jurrjens his is now free to negotiation with any team.
Either one making the starting rotation next season was no given.
With a rotation that includes Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson, Mike Minor and Paul Maholm -- along with Brandon Beachy who is expected to return in midseason from Tommy John surgery -- Hanson was expected to have to compete with Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran as the fifth starter. Jurrjens would subsequently have been squeezed out.
Hanson's deal continues a busy week for the Braves, who made the biggest move in free agency by signing center fielder B.J. Upton to a five-year, 75.25 million deal, making him the highest paid player in franchise history.
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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...
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...
It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Angels are looking for starting pitching help this offseason, especially if Zack Greinke decides to leave La La Land to head elsewhere.
The Halos made headway in that hunt for starting arms on Friday when they acquired right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.
Angels trade for tommy...
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:
Hanson, 26, pitched to a 4.48 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 174 2/3 innings this year. The right-hander missed time with shoulder tendinitis last season, and his fastball velocity has been...
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...
Most teams don't really start their off-season machinations until the Winter Meetings. Jerry Dipoto don't care. Jerry Dipoto does what he wants when he wants and today he continued his ridiculously active off-season by trading talented but erratic young reliever Jordan Walden for talented but risky starting pitcher Tommy Hanson, thus plugging one of the two gaping holes...