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The Los Angeles Angels have traded 37-year old lefty reliever Scott Downs to the Atlanta Braves for minor league relief pitcher Cory Rasmus according to Halos communication director Eric Kay.
Downs has been stellar this year for the Angels posting 1.84 ERA, and 63.1% groundball rate in 29 1/3 innings. In the last year of his contract and the Angels out of contention, Downs was a likely trade candidate heading towards to the trade deadline. The move will add a reliable left-handed veteran to the Atlanta bullpen after losing lefties Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters to injuries earlier this season. This marks the second trade Jerry DiPoto has made with the Atlanta Braves since becoming the Angels general manager.
In return the Angels receive minor league relief pitcher Cory Rasmus who is the brother of Colby Rasmus. The 25 year-old righty has been closing most of the season in Triple-A Gwinnett and posting impressive numbers. In 36.2 innings, Rasmus has an ERA of 1.72 and is striking out almost 12 batters per nine innings. He has also allowed only 20 hits while striking out 48.
A first round pick by the Braves in 2006, Rasmus will likely see action right away with the Angels and possibly play a role in rebuilding the Angels shaky bullpen moving forward. Rasmus biggest concern is his ability to stay healthy. He missed the 2007 season entirely due to injury and spent time on the DL in 2011. He’ll be under team control through 2018.