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July 30, 2013

Transaction Analysis

The Braves Get Left-Handed Relief

by Ben Lindbergh


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Acquired RHP Cory Rasmus for LHP Scott Downs. [7/29]

High-leverage lefties are luxury items for teams whose playoff hopes have evaporated. The Angels don’t have many movable parts, nor would they want to be big-time sellers, since they’ll probably try to retool and contend in 2014. But Downs is an expiring asset and Sean Burnett is essentially the same pitcher, so it makes sense to turn the older impending free agent into another arm.

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