Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Atlanta-braves-washington
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Would World Series win make the Giants a dynasty?

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.