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Tommy Hanson agrees to minor league deal with Rangers

Feb 10, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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Not so long ago Tommy Hanson was one of the best young pitchers in baseball, but after back-to-back rough seasons the 27-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract from the Rangers.

Hanson has struggled to stay healthy since mid-2011 and last season he posted an ugly 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for the Angels, missing time with a forearm injury and a death in the family. He’s still young, but Hanson’s raw stuff has declined significantly and his strikeouts per nine innings plummeted from 9.8 in 2011 to 8.3 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.

Combined during Hanson’s first three seasons in Atlanta, from ages 22 to 24, he posted a 3.28 ERA and 431 strikeouts in 460 innings, so even the slim chance of a career-saving recovery is definitely worth the minimal investment for Texas.

  1. reeggss - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Great signing considering the investment, hopefully he allows holland the time to come back at full strength

  2. doctornature - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I doubt he even beats out Robbie Ross for the 5 spot, or Tepesch. He was about as bad as Blanton last year, which is about as bad as it gets. If he Makes their rotation, the Rangers are in trouble.

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