Believed to be players in the Zack Greinke market, among others, the Los Angeles Angels on Friday moved to restock their depleted starting rotation by agreeing to acquire right-hander Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves in return for reliever Jordan Walden.
Hanson, 26, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last season. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this year. Walden, the hard-throwing right-hander who closed for the Angels during the 2011 season but periodically struggled with his command, had a 3.46 ERA in 45 appearances in 2012. He had 48 strikeouts in 39 innings. The recent signing of Ryan Madson had made Walden expendable.
The Angels have sought starting pitching since trading Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals at the end of October. They then declined to exercise the 2013 option on Dan Haren’s contract, leaving at least two holes behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.
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