Angels, Braves Swap Walden-for-Hanson

The Deal
The Angels’ rotation took a hit this winter with Zack Greinke and Dan Haren becoming free agents and the team trading Ervin Santana to the Royals in October. Looking to address that need, Los Angeles sent reliever Jordan Walden to the Braves for Tommy Hanson.

Hanson, who grew up in Southern California, had his worst year for Atlanta in 2012. But more discouraging than his results was the fact that his stuff looked to be trending the wrong direction. According to Pitch f/x data presented at FanGraphs.com, Hanson’s average fastball velocity has gone from 92.7 mph in 2010 to 91.1 in 2011 to 89.6 in 2012. He missed time in 2011 with shoulder tendinitis and had a stint on the disabled list in 2012 with a lower back strain.

Walden was an all-star as a rookie closer in 2011, but he lost his job in April 2012. He moved down the pecking order following the Angels’ acquisition of Ernesto Frieri in May and then again when the club signed free agent Ryan Madson earlier this week. Walden’s fastball sits in the upper 90s and he ought to be a nice set-up option for Craig Kimbrel.

 
Braves Acquire
Jordan Walden, rhp

Age: 24. Remaining Commitment: Under club control for four more seasons, 2013-16 ($495,000 salary in 2012).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

 

Club (League) Year W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Los Angeles (AL) 2012 3 2 3.46 45 0 1 39 35 15 15 3 18 48 1.36
3-Year Totals 8 8 3.06 123 0 34 115 97 41 39 7 51 138 1.29
 
Angels Acquire
Tommy Hanson, rhp

Age: 25. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for three seasons, 2013-15 ($535,000 salary in 2012).

Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

 

Club (League) Year W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Atlanta (NL) 2012 13 10 4.48 31 31 0 175 183 95 87 27 71 161 1.45
3-Year Totals 34 28 3.80 87 87 0 507 471 236 214 58 173 476 1.27
 

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