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Astros acquire John Ely from Dodgers for Rob Rasmussen

Dec 19, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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Houston picked up a potential back-of-the-rotation starter in John Ely, acquiring the right-hander from Los Angeles for minor leaguer Rob Rasmussen.

Ely hasn’t had much success in various stints with the Dodgers, throwing 115 career innings with a 5.70 ERA, but he led the hitter-friendly Triple-A Pacific Coast League with a 3.20 ERA this year while posting an excellent 165/36 K/BB ratio in 169 innings.

Obviously the Astros can use all the pitching help they can get and the 27-year-old Ely has the potential to be useful if given an extended opportunity.

Rasmussen was the Marlins’ second-round pick in 2010, had a mediocre season between Single-A and Double-A as a 23-year-old, and was traded to the Astros in the Carlos Lee deal. He’s not a bad pickup for the Dodgers considering Ely wasn’t in their plans at all.

  1. senioreditor2 - Dec 19, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    The Dodgers are looking for lefties…………….

    • stex52 - Dec 19, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      ………………….and the Astros are looking for warm bodies.

  2. jeffa43 - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Starting pitchimg may be in the building process, but i dont see Ely cracking anything. They would like to go with…
    Harrell, Lyles, Norris, Keuchel, Cosart, Humber, and a few prospects they are high on. They will give that group ample opportunities.

    I forsee long middle relief chances for Ely… And a lot of them.

    • stex52 - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      I think you are right. Ely is a depth option. But not a bad idea. That was a problem I had with the way they got rid of pitchers early last year. Their young arms all started petering out and getting shut down toward the end. If you don’t have any dominant pitchers, you need a lot of workhorses and some guys who can swing.

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