Yesterday, the Texas Rangers completed the deal with right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson. Hanson will enter spring training trying to make the team’s 25-man roster by opening day. But at this point it, he might not make it by that time. Mainly because he is still trying to get back to his former self after his injuries in 2012.
Hanson signed with the Texas Rangers, because he things he’ll have a good chance to make the rotation.
“The Rangers have a great team and we thought that was going to be the best fit for me with being able to go in and make the rotation and be a part of the team, so ultimately we thought that was the best opportunity for me.” said Hanson (MLB Trade Rumors – Zach Links)
The Texas Rangers signed him to a one year contract that could be as little as $125,000 or as much as $3.6 million. The contract is structured where the Rangers could release him during spring training and only owe him the 125k. But if he is able to perform as his former self, he could make the roster by opening day and make $2 million. Also, the contract includes several incentives that could bump that total to the 3.6 million. Overall, plenty of incentives for Hanson to do well in spring training and in the majors.
When Hanson was with the Atlanta Braves, he was one of the best pitchers in the rotation. At the time of the Mark Teixeira trade to the Braves, the Rangers tried to have Hanson included in the deal. But at that time, Tommy Hanson was one if their top pitching prospects and they didn’t want to let him go.
After a rough year in Los Angeles with the Angels, Hanson is ready for a fresh start.
Early last season Hanson’s stepbrother passed away. He took some time off, but struggled to return.
“I had the passing of my brother, and from then on it was just up and down,” Hanson said. “I think it’s a time issue. Mentally I don’t think I was where I needed to be. It wasn’t only me. My whole family was dealing with that, and it’s hard to see your family struggle.” (Star-Telegram – Jeff Wilson)
“I just went back to the basics for me,” Hanson said. “I tried to quicken my arm up, and I think that helped. The last two outings I made out of the bullpen I was throwing a lot harder. It feels good doing that. The ball seems to be coming out good.” (Star-Telegram – Jeff Wilson)