Hanson, Rangers agree to contract


02/11/2014 10:17 PM

02/11/2014 10:23 PM

Continuing their search for a rotation fill-in for Derek Holland, the Texas Rangers reached agreement on a minor-league deal on Monday with right-hander Tommy Hanson, according to sources.

Hanson, 27, must pass a physical today for the deal to become official.

He spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels, going 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA. But he logged only 73 innings as he dealt with a forearm injury and the death of his brother.

He has had a history of shoulder woes, and his velocity has been on a steady decline. Not coincidentally, his ERA has risen every year of his career, which began with Atlanta in 2009.

Nick Tepesch, Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers are among the others on the spring-training roster slated to compete for the rotation spot created when Holland injured his left knee last month and had underwent microfracture surgery.

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