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The careers of pitchers Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens took a sharp turn downward after the 2011 All-Star break, and by the end of the day Friday both will be ex-Braves.

The Braves freed up about $4 million in payroll by trading Hanson to the Los Angels Angels on Friday for reliever Jordan Walden, and will non-tender Jurrjens before Friday’s deadline for teams to offer contracts to their unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

The only thing that could change the Jurrjens situation was a trade, which seemed unlikely since other teams know the Braves are expected to non-tender him. Players who are non-tendered become free agents.

Who is not surprised but disappointed these two did not develop into the pitchers he had hoped they would be...
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