Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The Atlanta Braves were in desperate need for another left-handed reliever to bolster their bullpen for an October run, and they may have very well done it on Monday afternoon when the team acquired Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus. Downs, now in his fourteenth MLB season, has pitched remarkably well for a struggling Angels’ squad, posting a 2-3 record with a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances for a team that is thirteen games behind first place in the AL West. The price required to deal for Downs was the younger brother of current Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus, who held an 8.10 ERA in three appearances with Atlanta and a 3-1 record with a 1.72 ERA in 37 appearances for the AAA Gwinnett Braves. The Atlanta Braves made a fantastic trade for Downs, and although Rasmus (25 years old) has shown plenty of potential in the minor leagues, it is clear that Downs will make an immediate impact on this team. Should the Braves stand pat now that Downs is part of the bullpen? Leave a comment and let your opinion be heard
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