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Rangers eye gamble on once-elite prospect

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07:29 AM ET 02.07 | At least one team may be willing to roll the dice with Tommy Hanson, who several years ago was regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. Now a free agent, Hanson represents an intriguing gamble in an inscrutable pitching market. He's 27 and has been relatively healthy during his major league career. A team could sign him to a one-year deal for 2014 and benefit from an additional year of control, because he won't have enough service time to file for free agency until at least the 2015-2016 offseason. The Texas Rangers are in the midst of talks with Hanson, one major league source told FOX Sports on Thursday. The Rangers are trying to add rotation depth, with starter Derek Holland expected to miss the first half of the regular season after knee surgery.

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February 7, 2014  07:35 AM ET

The Rangers are starting to resemble a salvage yard, recently signing Daniel Bard, but at least that's a low risk minor league deal.

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February 7, 2014  08:03 AM ET

.....jd sometimes tries to be too cute....for every 10 of these type deals, lucky to hit on 1 of em....so need 7-8 more such signings...i bet the coaching staff really appreciates that approach

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February 7, 2014  09:33 AM ET

Sound like the Rangers are putting together a Pitching MASH Unit!

February 7, 2014  09:49 AM ET

Again some teams have no choice to reach out to these guys with pitching depth so thin. You sign him to a minor league deal or minimum MLB contract with incentives and see what happens with very little risk involve.

February 7, 2014  09:51 AM ET

Rangers had pitching problems before Holland did a doggy flip down the stairs ... they should have been working on this all along, but noooooooooo ... this has always been the Rangers weak link ... and yes, I understand that finding quality pitchers is no easy task, but damn ... come on, find a solution and stop with the Lee/Garza/Juan Epstien routine ... :)

February 7, 2014  09:59 AM ET

Interesting how his numbers have steadily declined since his rookie season.

February 7, 2014  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Rangers had pitching problems before Holland did a doggy flip down the stairs ... they should have been working on this all along, but noooooooooo ... this has always been the Rangers weak link ... and yes, I understand that finding quality pitchers is no easy task, but damn ... come on, find a solution and stop with the Lee/Garza/Juan Epstien routine ... :)

Can you say "Triple A pitching staff"? Sure hope Ron Washington can, because that's what he's stuck with. Maybe thay can trot Yu out there every day...

February 7, 2014  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Rangers had pitching problems before Holland did a doggy flip down the stairs ... they should have been working on this all along, but noooooooooo ... this has always been the Rangers weak link ... and yes, I understand that finding quality pitchers is no easy task, but damn ... come on, find a solution and stop with the Lee/Garza/Juan Epstien routine ... :)

They are hoping Colby Lewis can contribute. A longshot I believe.

February 7, 2014  11:58 AM ET
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The Rangers are starting to resemble a salvage yard, recently signing Daniel Bard, but at least that's a low risk minor league deal.

everything could turn for a bigger surprise if you know what i mean<<<!!!??!!

February 7, 2014  11:59 AM ET

the heat appears to heal any ache body in rangers stadium!!

February 7, 2014  12:00 PM ET
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Interesting how his numbers have steadily declined since his rookie season.

Angels traded Walden for this Hanson guy except it was a failure from the start!!!

February 7, 2014  02:52 PM ET

hmmm wonder if they will take a chance on Ervin Santana.

February 7, 2014  03:04 PM ET

Low risk situation with not very many options out there. Give him a shot in spring training and go from there.

February 8, 2014  09:43 AM ET

Bring him on in, this guy can fill in and add relief for those dreary August arms. This should be a good sign up for Texas

February 10, 2014  03:00 PM ET

Hanson might never even make it past Round Rock this season. He might not be the guy to replace Holland this season--supposedly that will be Tepesch. If Hanson can show control at Round Rock or maybe learn another pitch to regain his form, then maybe he'll get a call up at some point, maybe as a reliever or spot starter. People are reading too much into the Rangers' investment in this move.

 
February 10, 2014  03:04 PM ET
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Interesting how his numbers have steadily declined since his rookie season.

Have you tried to read why? Shoulder problems, car wreck, the death of his step brother...that's a lot of real stuff that have caused Hanson's decline. It isn't like he's a drug addict or head case like a Hamilton...except that maybe Hanson might find himself more in command of his pitching and his life closer to his Oklahoma home and he might turn in his best seasons yet as a Ranger, as Hamilton did. Who knows? But why not give Hanson the chance?

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