Braves Acquire Lefty Reliever Scott Downs

The Braves didn't give up much to acquire Downs

The Braves didn’t give up much to acquire Downs

The Atlanta Braves have acquired lefty reliever Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Cory Rasmus.  The Braves have been looking to acquire a veteran lefty reliever since Eric O’Flaherty was hurt in May.

Downs has performed at a high level this season, registering a 1.84 ERA in 43 appearances.  Included in that record, is an incredible run where he made 29 consecutive scoreless appearances, from May 5 to Jul 23.

They 37-year old Kentucky native owns a career 36-35 record, with a 3.47 ERA, in 12 major league seasons.

Since the beginning of the 2008 season, Downs ranks fourth among all relievers who have pitched 200 more innings, with a 2.28 ERA.    The 6-2, 200 pound lefty was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the third round of the 1997 June free agent draft.  He pitched his college ball at the University of Kentucky.

Downs has played for the Cubs, Expos, Angels and Blue Jays in his long career.

The 25-year old Rasmus made his major league debut this season with the Braves.  He pitched 6 2/3 innings and registered an 8.10 ERA.  With the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett this season, Rasmus racked up a 3-1 record and 1.72 ERA in 36 2/3 innings and recorded 14 saves.