Rangers face deadline on Hanson

Rangers face deadline on Hanson

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- When pitcher Tommy Hanson agreed to a $2 million non-guaranteed split contract with the Rangers, the deal included certain provisions that could come into play next week.

A split deal means Hanson, who has an option left, agreed to a smaller salary if he is sent down to Triple-A Round Rock. But the Rangers have to option him by Wednesday or his $2 million Major League contract automatically becomes guaranteed.

But Hanson also has an agreement with the Rangers that if they do option him to Triple-A, he has the right to ask for his release and become a free agent. Hanson gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Royals on Friday and that's not going to help him make the rotation.

Hanson said there haven't been any discussions about his role on the team, pitching out of the bullpen, going to the Minor Leagues or taking his free agency.

"I'm not worried about that," Hanson said. "I just gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. I'm not think about that. I'm thinking about why my pitches are up."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.