Last season Hanson went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 174 2/3 innings of work while making 31 starts for Atlanta. Walden made 45 appearances for the Angels last year going 3-2 with eight holds and a save while pitching in 39 innings and striking out 48 hitters.
The trade works out well for both teams and players as well because of the pieces that each team currently has on their rosters. The Braves are flushed with starting rotation talent and the Angels having an overwhelming amount of arms inside of their bullpen.
The Braves will now enter the 2013 season with Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Paul Maholm cemented into their rotation with options such as prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado as well as Brandon Beachy, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, all able to compete for the fifth spot in their rotation.
The Angels will now get some added depth to their rotation with the arrival of Hanson, who can slide right in behind Jared Weaver, C.J. Wilson and possibly Zack Greinke if the Angels can find a way to re-sign him.
With MLB‘s winter meetings set to kickoff on Monday, this trade can be looked at as just the tip of the iceberg of off-season moves as the hot stove will be sure to heat up 1,000 additional degrees in Nashville next week.