The Atlanta Braves have made their trade for a left-handed relief pitcher, acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Triple-A pitcher Cory Rasmus, multiple sources report.
Downs has a 1.82 ERA in 43 appearances with the Angels this year. He has been used as both a left-handed specialist and a full-inning guy.
The 37-year-old Downs broke in with the Montreal Expos in 2003 and has also spent time with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 2.27 ERA he has compiled since 2007 is the fourth-best among Major League relievers in that span.
Downs will make $1.6 million the rest of the season.
Rasmus, 25, was a pretty cheap price to pay for the quality of pitching Downs provides. He had a 1.37 ERA in 37 appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves drafted him in 2006, but he missed all of 2007 and most of 2008 with a shoulder injury.
Rasmus made all three of his career Major League appearances this season, giving up six runs in 6 2/3 innings.
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