The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with RHP Tommy Hanson, according to a report from Baseball America’s Matt Eddy.
Hanson, 28, made his major league debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2009 and appeared in 108 games with the club before being sent off to the Los Angeles Angels in a trade that sent Jordan Walden to Atlanta.
Hanson made his first appearance on the mound as a Brave on June 7, 2009, against the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field. He was originally drafted by the club in the 22nd round of the 2005 amateur draft. When Hanson first joined the club, he was rather impressive, posting a 2.89 ERA with a record of 11-4 in 127.2 innings in 2009. He made 21 starts with the club that season.
Ever since, Hanson has struggled to keep the ball down, posting a 3.33 ERA in 2010, 3.60 in 2011, 4.48 in 2012, and 5.42 in 2013 with the Angels.
Hanson went on to free agency and was later picked up by the Texas Rangers on a minor league deal but did not appear in a major league game with the club. After continuing his struggles, the Rangers decided to release Hanson after having officially set their rotation for the season.
Hanson has remained a free agent since and considers this deal with the Giants “a second opportunity” to prove that he belongs in a major league rotation.
Ideally, Hanson will remain with the club’s Triple-A affiliate through the month of June so he can build up his innings before being considered as someone who can once again be relied upon as a starter or late-inning reliever.