Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with former top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson. Hanson, 27, was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Angels and did not make the Texas Rangers club this spring. Injuries have caused Hanson’s career to derail a bit over the past couple of seasons, but this is an interesting buy-low move for GM Rick Hahn.
Once a vaunted prospect coming up through the Atlanta Braves system, the 6-6 righthander hasn’t been effective following a few shoulder injuries and a concussion. 2010 saw Hanson post 202.2 innings of 3.33 ERA ball, but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy since, throwing only 73 big league innings in 2013.
The White Sox seem to be abiding the adage that “you can never have enough pitching” by taking a flier on Hanson. If he can regain the form that made him a valuable major league rotation piece for the Braves, Hahn will look pretty smart.