The Los Angeles Angels decided to make a big splash this offseason…again. Yes, they signed Josh Hamilton, but that’s not really what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the trade for Tommy Hanson, who was one of the best prospects in baseball a few short years ago for the Atlanta Braves, and has had a pretty decent MLB career. He’s come up and done what most thought he would do: win games.
With that being said, Hanson has a pretty unorthodox throwing motion, has battled some shoulder and elbow problems in the past, and we’ve seen a big dip in velocity. The Angels are relying on Hanson to anchor down the 3-4 slot in the rotation. Can he actually do that?
My assumption would be to say yes, but I can’t do it. I think Hanson is one of the most injury prone pitchers in all of baseball, and I think the Angels took a huge risk to rely on him. The fact the Braves traded Hanson for JUST Jordan Waldon speaks volumes to me about their fears.
If Hanson doesn’t stay healthy, the Angels could be in trouble once again in the AL West as I don’t believe they have the same depth they’ve had in years past. Sure, they have Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson, but both of those guys are injury risks themselves. The Angels could try and make a trade if they need to, but it might cost them a little more than they’d like.
His decline of velocity and overall stuff might make him pretty hittable in 2013. It’ll be interesting to see if his arm holds up.