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Tommy Hanson, 2014 Texas Rangers
Tommy Hanson was brought into Texas Rangers spring training in hopes he could fill out a rotation spot with the absence of Derek Holland until mid-summer and Matt Harrison until mid-April.
Turns out, the Rangers decided the best decision was to cut ties with Hanson before the season began, making their low-risk chance on him even lower risk as they will only have to pay him $125,000 since his $500,000 deal wasn't guaranteed. The Rangers would've owed Hanson a $1.5 million bonus had he made the Opening Day roster.
Hanson ended up allowing 14 hits and five walks in 14 innings of work this spring, and while Hanson could've been a candidate to be the team's long man out of the bullpen, both sides didn't seem to think that would be a good fit.
“We talked about having him pitch out of the bullpen,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. “But I don’t think that’s a role he ever envisioned himself in.”