The trade that the Los Angeles Angels made during the offseason to bring in Tommy Hanson was risky at best. Even with the fact that Jordan Walden hadn’t pitched at a high level, he still was way less risky to have in the deal than the guy the Angels received in return. Hanson’s story is well known around baseball now but the short version has him approaching dominance with the Atlanta Braves before his arm just quit on him for a while.
On one hand it is very inspiring to see the Angels not only make a trade for someone like Hanson who is a huge question mark at best, but on the other it has to make some fans wonder what they are doing. Why should they mess around with Hanson when they have some talented pitchers of their own and they could go get a few on the free agent market with all the money they through around over there.
Hanson recently made another one of his promising return starts for the Angels but those tend to be few and far between with a lot of big run giving up outings at the other end. Will this time be any different? There is a lot of hope for it to be true but there is no reason to believe the arm won’t just stop doing the low to mid-90s fastball thing again.
The only hope for me would be for Hanson to take off somewhere and really try to work with a personal coach watching film to try and get back to the movement and velocity he was able to have with the Braves. Outside of some huge amount of work on Hanson’s part, I see nothing but unfortunate continuance of the same issue for him. He and the Angels can cross their fingers and hope for the best I suppose.