Not so long ago Tommy Hanson was one of the best young pitchers in baseball, but after back-to-back rough seasons the 27-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract from the Rangers.
Hanson has struggled to stay healthy since mid-2011 and last season he posted an ugly 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for the Angels, missing time with a forearm injury and a death in the family. He’s still young, but Hanson’s raw stuff has declined significantly and his strikeouts per nine innings plummeted from 9.8 in 2011 to 8.3 in 2012 to 6.9 in 2013.
Combined during Hanson’s first three seasons in Atlanta, from ages 22 to 24, he posted a 3.28 ERA and 431 strikeouts in 460 innings, so even the slim chance of a career-saving recovery is definitely worth the minimal investment for Texas.
The Braves are reportedly putting the kibosh on a trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, per the latest from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Bowman says that the club hasn’t engaged in further talks with the Marlins for the last five days and doesn’t appear to have any plans to resume discussions, either.
While the Braves aren’t starved for catching depth, Realmuto would have rounded out a trio that already includes sub-.200 hitters Tyler Flowers and Brian McCann. The 27-year-old backstop, meanwhile, is coming off of a career year with the Marlins, during which he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award after slashing a healthy .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs, an .825 OPS and 4.8 fWAR through 531 plate appearances.
The Braves’ apparent lack of interest shouldn’t have a negative impact on Realmuto’s market, however, as they were just one of six teams rumored to approach the Marlins with an offer. The Reds, Rays, Mets, Padres and Dodgers are all still in on the slugger, whose current contract places him under team control through 2020 and for whom a hefty return would be expected. So far, a frontrunner has yet to emerge in trade talks.