Braves acquire Downs from the Angels

The Braves got the left-handed reliever they have been seeking when they acquired Scott Downs from the Angels in exchange for right-handed Minor League pitcher Cory Rasmus early Monday afternoon.

Downs has compiled a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances for the Angels this season.  The 37-year-old southpaw has limited left-handed hitters to a .196 batting average and .255 on-base percentage.  Right-handed hitters have batted .286 with a .385 on-base percentage against him.

Braves general manager Frank Wren’s focus over the past few weeks has been to improve the depth of his bullpen.  With the acquisition of Downs, he has gained a veteran reliever who is capable of reducing the workload top setup men Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden incur during the regular season’s final two months.

Downs is owed approximately $1.6 million over the remainder of this season. He is in the final year of a three-year contract.

Rasmus has compiled a  1.37 ERA in 37 relief appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett this season.  The 25-year-old right-hander made his only three Major League appearances with the Braves earlier this year.  He allowed six earned runs and eight hits, including four homers, in the 6 2/3 innings that encompassed those three appearances.

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