Prospect acquired by Dodgers
- Rob Rasmussen: Rasmussen, ranked No. 17 on the Astros' Top 20 prospects list at the time of the trade, is no stranger to being dealt. In July 2012, he was shipped from the Marlins, who had taken the UCLA lefty in the second round of the 2010 Draft, to the Astros in the Carlos Lee deal. When locked in, Rasmussen has a good combination of stuff and pitchabiilty, though a lack of command has hurt his progression. He gets good sink on his fastball and complements it with good breaking and offspeed stuff. He has the chance to be an effective starter in the middle or back of a big league rotation, with improved overall command. If not, he could be destined for the bullpen as a left-handed reliever.
- Top 20 Prospects: Dodgers | Astros
- -- Jonathan Mayo
In the trade, the Astros get pitching depth and some Major League experience. Ely has pitched in 25 Major League games, 19 starts, over three seasons, and achieved outstanding Triple-A numbers last season. The Dodgers' Minor League system gets a young starter in Rasmussen, and the Dodgers were able to clear a spot on their 40-man Major League roster.
The Astros also announced that right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey, designated for assignment on Monday, was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. To make room for Ely, Houston designated outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin for assignment.It marks the third time this winter that Storey, 26, has been claimed off waivers since the Astros designated him for assignment after the 2012 season. He was claimed by the Yankees on Nov. 20, the Astros on Dec. 6 and now the Blue Jays.
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