November 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves
There was a time when Tommy Hanson was one of the most valuable commodities in baseball. The shoulder issue he ran into two seasons ago along with his diminished velocity and weight gain made him an expendable asset, and now he returned only a reliever coming off of a troubled season. Even though that is all the Braves got in return, it is good that they cleared the roughly $4 million they owed Hanson and got a high potential arm along with the additional payroll flexibility.
Walden is essentially a poor man’s Craig Kimbrel, which should play well in the late innings. He has an incredible fastball and I like his mid 80′s slider as well. Having his arm in the back end of the bullpen will almost undoubtedly make the Braves bullpen the best in the league.
I will always be a fan of Tommy’s, and I wish him the best in Los Angeles.