July 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (48) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers are in talks with Tommy Hanson

The search for a back-end starter to replace Derek Holland involves another name.

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted out Thursday night that the Texas Rangers were in talks with free agent starter Tommy Hanson.

Hanson, who spent last year with division rival Los Angeles after being traded from Atlanta for Jordan Walden, appeared in only 15 games. He posted a poor 5.42 ERA with a 4-3 record. Injuries have always been an issue for the former top prospect in the Braves’ system, and he has seen his walk rate rise while his velocity and strikeout rate drop.

In his rookie campaign, 2009, he finished third in Rookie-of-the-Year voting, posting an 11-4 record with a 2.89 ERA, but since then has made several trips to the disabled list and ended up being non-tendered after last season.

The Rangers are looking for additional depth after losing left-handed starter Derek Holland for at least half of the season, following micro-fracture surgery. Jon Daniels is known to take chances on pitchers with injury histories coming off of down years, and Tommy Hanson could be signed to a minor league deal with a chance to fill in the fifth spot in Texas’ rotation. He would be in competition with Nick Tepesch, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, and others for that position.

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