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Rangers release Tommy Hanson

Mar 26, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Tommy Hanson AP

Texas is desperate for rotation help right now with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurt, to the point that the Rangers have turned to Tanner Scheppers as their Opening Day starter despite his never starting an MLB game before.

And yet they just released Tommy Hanson, who not so long ago was one of the best young right-handers in baseball for the Braves and had hoped to win a rotation spot this spring after an injury wrecked, ineffective 2013.

He would have gotten $2 million in upfront money for making the Opening Day roster, so with the Rangers hoping that Darvish can avoid the disabled list and Harrison can return in a few weeks they didn’t feel it was a necessary investment. And now Hanson will try to keep his career alive at age 27, most likely at Triple-A.

  1. number42is1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    In a world where Dice-K wins a rotation spot pitchers like Hanson get released….

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    The sheer number of Replacement Level starters being released is fascinating. I am sure most of them will start a few games somewhere, but the new math is saying that you might as well go cheaper and younger for the same results.

  3. mundial8 - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Come to the Tribe and resurrect your career.

  4. brownsbravescanes - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I has a sad.

  5. bigdinla - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Thanks McDowell! Another kid you ruined!

    • bobulated - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      How is it McDowell’s fault Hanson never could smooth out his motion and ended up destroying his shoulder? The player has to want to change and there was no guarantee Hanson would still be a major league level pitcher if he completely changed his motion to something more natural.

  6. drewnichols81 - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Give that 2 mil to Dave Duncan and you might have sumthen

  7. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM


  8. echech88 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I faintly remember a Rangers fan on these boards ripping one of the authors for pointing out Hanson was a long shot a few weeks ago, claiming they were biased.

  9. ggallin4evr - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Tommy Hanson would be a great starter. For me to poop on.

    • missingdiz - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      If you’re over nine years old, gg, you may be mentally ill. You should consult a psychologist right away.

      • arizonagrit - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        He does have gg allin in his username, which would explain some of it.

  10. renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Wow.. What a downside career for this guy, I hope you bounce back on your troubles Tommy.

  11. hittfamily - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    The day after the Rays lost Bedard, they lost Alex Colome to suspension. Colome was the starter who would have been called up first had someone have gotten hurt. That likely now falls to Enny Romero, who isn’t ready for this. I’d be surprised if Tampa Bay doesn’t try to get him in their minors and try to straighten things out for him.

    • gloccamorra - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      They didn’t lose Bedard, they released him. He didn’t pitch well enough to make the fifth spot in their rotation.

      • hittfamily - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        No, he opted out of his contract. They lost him.

        Before you correct someone, be sure they are in fact, incorrect.

  12. slaugin - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Idk why but I laughed pretty hard at that

    • renaado - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:25 AM


    • renaado - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Does anyone know how to put up an angry face here ?

  13. insidefastball - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Back to the Braves?

  14. billyboots - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Twins signing Tommy to a minor league contract. He can’t be worse that the Vanimal.

  15. gmfw7 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    i wouldn’t mind the phils signing him for depth and seeing if he can get it turned around in the minors…he pitched really well in the nl east while he was here

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