Texas Rangers reportedly in talks with starter Tommy Hanson


Jul 28, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher

Tommy Hanson

(48) prepares to deliver a pitch against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Morosi reports that the Texas Rangers are in talks with RHP starter Tommy Hanson.  The Texas Rangers are in need of a starter with the loss of Derek Holland for at least the first third of the season.

Last year Tommy Hanson pitched for the Los Angeles Angels.  He finished the season with a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 5.42 over 13 starts.

Coming into the league in 2009, he was ranked as the 4th best pitching prospect.  Hanson has been in the league now for 5 years, he spent his first 4 years with the Atlanta Braves.  He started off his career in Atlanta as a pretty solid pitcher with a record of 11-4 and an ERA of 2.89.    He did have impressive stats his first year with 8.2 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per 9 innings, but it has gone down from there.

Hanson has struggled over the past several years, mainly due to injuries.  In 2011, he spent time on the disabled list due to a rotator cuff strain and tendonitis in his shoulder.

He also suffered injuries in 2012 and 2013, which some say are contributed by his unorthodox pitching mechanics.

To find out more about his injuries and mechanics, read more here.

For his career, he has an ERA of 3.80 with a record of 49-35 over 121 starts.  He’s average 8.2 strikeouts and 3.2 walks per 9.