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The Dodgers have dealt John Ely to the Astros in exchange for minor-league lefty Rob Rasmussen.
Rasmussen, a SoCal native and UCLA graduate, was selected by the Dodgers in the 27th round of the 2007 draft but declined to sign and instead became a Bruin. He was drafted by the Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft and acquired by Houston in 2012 as part of the Carlos Lee deal.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball gave his thoughts on the deal for both teams here. A detailed report on Rasmussen, soon to be 24, can be found here from True Blue LA.
Rob profiles as a relief pitcher and adds some lefty depth to the organization. He’s been emphatic in his joy following the deal:
Speechless/incredibly excited to be a Dodger, truly a dream come true!
— Rob Rasmussen (@RasmussenRob) December 19, 2012
For a kid who lived 10 minutes from the stadium, and saw the likes of Piazza and Nomo, I couldn’t be happier than I’ve been all day today
— Rob Rasmussen (@RasmussenRob) December 20, 2012
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