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.
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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.