Well… it helps the Atlanta Braves. The land of great peaches and red clay is where southpaw Scott Downs will be spending the rest of this season, and more than likely will be a great asset to the Braves in the postseason. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent Downs to the opposite southern coast in exchange for right hander Cory Rasmus and a future first round draft pick.
Rasmus, 25, was a first round pick for the Braves in 2006, and has played just three Major League games since coming out of the Russell County High School in Seale, Alabama. He was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake by the Angels upon the move. In his debut season in triple-a this year, Rasmus has a 1.72 earned-run-average in 37 games, along with 14 saves.
Scott Downs was about as sure a thing you could have coming out of the bullpen for the Angels of late. More than likely you could call him a lefty specialist, but even with that title, he was spectacular. Being 37-years-old, Downs has had one of the best seasons of his entire career this year, posting a 1.84 earned-run-average, over 43 games pitched.
MLB.com sixth ranked Angels prospect, Nick Maronde was recalled today to take the slot of Downs. Maronde had little success in his first callup of the season, but this could be the big break for Nick, as they would like to develop him into a full time rotation man of the future, and where else could you start him but facing the games best left handers on an almost nightly basis.
With this trade for a set player who is on a contract year being traded for a prospect, you wonder if the Angels are starting to be “sellers” instead of “buyers.” Albert Pujols very easily could be done for the season, and the wins just aren’t coming often enough to stay in the competitive chase as much as others. It’s not time to give up yet, but this could be a sign that the Angels are bowing out and becoming sellers, and the market could very easily be open.
A cool little note to add to this trade brought to my attention by William Boor of MLB.com who posted on Twitter that Cory Rasmus is the brother of Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, who are both the sons of Tony Rasmus, who was drafted by the Angels in 1986.
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