Braves Trade Tommy Hanson To Angels For Jordan Walden

An article by posted on November 30, 2012

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 trending in the wrong direction as well. Hanson is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, and Matt Swartz projects a $4MM salary. He will remain under team control through 2015.

Walden, 25, pitched to 3.46 ERA with 11.1 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in 39 innings this year while missing time with a biceps strain. He was an All-Star as a rookie just last season, when he posted a 2.98 ERA with 34 saves in 60 1/3 innings. Walden is under team control through 2016. Earlier this week we heard he was “very available” after the Angels signed Ryan Madson.

There was some speculation that the Angels may have had interest in R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese, but with promising starting pitcher Hanson in the fold, that might now be a moot point.

The Braves had starting pitching depth from the majors on down through the minors and they added a reliever with very high upside who joins an already solid bullpen.

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