Originally written on ChadMoriyama.com  |  Last updated 10/19/14
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 Ely, who was merely organizational depth with the Dodgers and profiles as such going forward, was a small price to pay for a flier on a small lefty with some upside. —– Scott Van Slyke has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Albuquerque. While Van Slyke is probably just a bench player or perhaps a one-year stopgap for a rebuilding team, I’m surprised nobody took a chance on him. —– The Dodgers have signed former Angels third baseman Dallas McPherson to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Over 10 seasons, McPherson owns a career minor-league line of .289/.370/.563/.933, but a career major-league slash line of just .241/.292/.446/.738 with a .316 wOBA while whiffing in an unseemly 32.1% of his plate appearances. Over the past six years he’s amassed just 30 plate appearances and appeared in 22 games in the bigs. That doesn’t even tell the whole story though, as Dallas didn’t taste MLB ball in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012 due to a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness. McPherson profiles as a classic AAAA player. —– Ryu Hyun-jin: It was assumed he would not participate in the WBC and that assumption was confirmed today with the replacements being named. — Dan (@MyKBO) December 21, 2012 The Dodgers have announced their minor-league staff for 2013. ===== Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke.

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