The Braves have traded starting right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson to the Anaheim Angels for relief pitcher Jordan Walden, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It frees up about $4 million to pursue a left fielder, which is the reason for the deal.
Hanson, 26, was 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons but had injury problems. Walden, 25, had 32 saves and was an All-Star as the team’s closer in 2011 but had one save in 45 appearances last season. He likely would become another arm in the bullpen as setup reliever.