It was reported last Thursday that the Rangers were in talks with Tommy Hanson, and those reports intensified over the weekend. According to TR Sullivan, Hanson has no officially agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers and will report to Spring Training to compete for a rotation spot.
Hanson, as previously mentioned, has struggled since rotator cuff surgery 2011, and put up a 4.83 ERA in 2013 with the Angels. He will come in offering some depth to the competition to fill the void left by Derek Holland's injury.
As far as the move is concerned, I tend to like deals like this with some upside, and given that it is a minor league deal, no real committment if things don't work out. At worst, Hanson offers some depth during camp and heading into the season, while at best, if he can finally put things together post-surgery, he would provide a solid back-end pitcher that can eat some innings for the Rangers.
At this point, you'd almost wonder if Hanson has considered using the stem cell therapy that was used by Bartolo Colon in his endeavor to return from rotator cuff problems. It's worth pondering for sure.