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Braves acquire Scott Downs from Angels

Jul 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Atlanta has been linked to various left-handed relievers leading up to the trade deadline and the Braves finally got their man, acquiring Scott Downs from the Angels for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus.

Downs has long been one of the best lefty relievers in baseball, posting a 2.27 ERA in 422 appearances since 2007, and the 37-year-old impending free agent has a 1.84 ERA in 29 innings this season. He’ll slide into a setup role in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Rasmus was a first-round pick in 2006, but has thrown just seven career innings in the majors at age 25. He has fantastic numbers at Triple-A this season with a 1.72 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 37 innings, but has also walked 5.4 batters per nine innings and projects as a middle reliever if his control remains an issue.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I have seen Cory Rasmus pitch, and at this stage in his career he is no Scott Downs. For those who are interested about the family dynamics, Cody Rasmus owns his kid brother.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Edit Function: Colby;

  2. tanzkommandant - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    The Syndrome.

  3. halohonk - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    WTF ! Trade our most steady bullpen pitcher a lefty to boot for a minor leaguer ? Looks like the Angels are throwing in the towel. In that case FIRE SCIOSCIA! his pitching coach, hitting coach ( if you call him a hitting coach) Clean house. Should have been done after last season. Get someone in here that can light a fire under these overpriced underachieving bunch of veterens. 3 years now of no playoffs. Shake things up Arte. Next time spend your $ on some pitching and not on broken down over the hill & headcase sluggers. As an Angel fan for 50 years this has to be one of the most under performing, poorly motivated, worst managed Angel teams in their
    history.

    • hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      They aren’t throwing in the towel. They dropped the towel along time ago, and have been unable to locate it. Hamilton never picked it up to start with.

    • km9000 - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      It doesn’t seem like it should be a shock, and I’m actually glad to see they’re willing to trade some vets instead of “standing pat” (ie, stagnating). Downs had value, and was very expendable, and I wouldn’t want to have counted on him to keep pitching the way he has this year.

      • hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        It’s one thing to trade them. It’s a whole nother thing to get nothing in return. I can’t believe a 25 year old in AAA was the best offer they got.

        The first call I’d make is to Jon Daniels. Find out how desperate they are for Trumbo.

  4. echech88 - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Downs was amazing a few years ago. I know the numbers are there again this year but If I’m the Braves I’m worried about how badly he imploded last year in the second half as he wore down.

    Unstoppable first half, 8.60 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in the second.

    Then again, the Angels figured out he’s not a workhorse reliever anymore this year so if the Braves stick to that he should stay out of trouble.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      If I’m the Braves, I’m not worried that much about it because I gave up very little for it in the first place.

    • hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      You just traded a Target gift card for a quality lefty reliever. I wouldn’t be too worried.

  5. nolakrlvr - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Typical Dipoto move, give away value for next to nothing in return.

  6. jimatkins - Jul 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Downs (who I really like, for a long time now) is 37. 37, people! How much value does he possess heading down the road? I agree, that the Angels need a major housecleaning in the dugout, but come on. Down’s second half last season indicates a lot of decline coming. Then again, he might join the “Having-the-best-season-of-his-career-after-escaping-the-evil-influence-of-Mike-Butcher” Club. Lot of members, there.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      He is left handed, has a pulse and is a few years younger than lefty Darren Oliver who is still pitching. He is a pending free agent and will have no difficulty getting a decent contract this off season.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Exactly…No one was giving up a top prospect for him, he’s a lefty reliver, I dont get why people are so shocked?

  7. foreverchipper10 - Jul 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Like.

  8. moogro - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    It’s the curse of the Anaheim marketing department. They’ll never win again until they take ownership of the town that they are in.

    • citizenking77 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      You mean reclaiming the metropolitan area of 20 million + that they play in and have done so for over 50 years? Oh, ok.

  9. eagles3333 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Got the win tonight. Welcome to Atlanta. Glad t have him.

  10. scdocal - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Yes he did. Colby just was awful when he was brought up. Got Downs for nothing.

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