Found November 30, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
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 in the Angel rotation.
This deal is the very definition of a challenge trade. The Halos give up Walden, who was once their closer but now figured to be no better than the fourth righty out of the 'pen for Hanson, who looked like a Cy Young caliber pitcher for the first two and a half years of his career before his shoulder started to go wonky on him, robbing him of his velocity and effectiveness. In that respect, you have to like the deal for both sides as they both swapped assets that they had soured on for assets that have a potential big payout.
Maybe Hanson gets healthy and the Angels end up getting a frontline pitcher for a reliever they had no use for. Or maybe Hanson's shoulder totally turns into pudding and he is barely a league average pitcher, if not worse, but it still didn't cost the Halos anything they will miss terribly. Even if it is that worst case scenario, it is hard to be too upset about the Angels turning 60 innings of a relief pitcher into (hopefully) 180 innings of a starting pitcher.
The real intriguing part of this deal though is the trickle down effect it might have. For starters, Hanson is just now entering his first year of arbitration and will make around $4 million, which is pretty cheap as far as starting pitchers go. That leaves them plenty of room to add another high quality starting pitcher to fill out the final spot in the rotation, it might even provide them with enough savings to make a more substantial play in the Zack Greinke sweepstakes.
It does, however, weaken the bullpen that the Angels just strengthened by adding Ryan Madson. It wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see Dipoto use those monetary savings to go out and add another quality reliever, possibly Kyuji Fujikawa or Mike Adams, to take Walden's spot.
What exactly Dipoto will do with his remaining cash and remaining spots to fill, we don't know. But it is probably safe to guess that he will do it fast.
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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...
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...
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 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...
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 Angels always had big plans for relief pitcher Jordan Walden, but not anymore. The right-hander, who became expendable with the teams signing of Ryan Madson this week, was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Friday for starter Tommy Hanson, according to multiple reports.
Hanson isnt Zack Greinke, the big free-agent prize this offseason, but hes a solid No. 3 who will fit in behind...
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 dumped Tommy Hanson and his salary for a free agent acquisition to be named later. Imagine the Braves get Hamilton. Heyward/Upton/Hamilton, zoinks! Although, they are more likely to get someone like Swisher. Or maybe they can land international free agent, Juan Jablome. Heyward, Jablome, Upton? "Screw you, I prefer B.J.!" "Okay, whatever you wanna...
Now that the Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with
right-hander Ryan Madson the team is letting other clubs know that former
closer Jordan Walden is “very available,” reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In wake of Ryan Madson deal, #Angels were letting clubs know today that Jordan Walden is very available.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 28, 2012
The agreed-to-but-not-final Wilton Lopez deal that may fall through gives us a little insight as to what the Phillies are thinking. They want a reliever who can be strong in the 8th inning. They want someone young, inexpensive, and who will be around a while. That player could come from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Jordan Walden, suggests Marcus Morris of Pucktacular...