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Braves acquire Scott Downs from Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 28: Closing pitcher Scott Downs #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on April 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Angels of Anaheim defeated the Indians 2-1. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Atlanta has been linked to various left-handed relievers leading up to the trade deadline and the Braves finally got their man, acquiring Scott Downs from the Angels for minor leaguer Cory Rasmus.

Downs has long been one of the best lefty relievers in baseball, posting a 2.27 ERA in 422 appearances since 2007, and the 37-year-old impending free agent has a 1.84 ERA in 29 innings this season. He’ll slide into a setup role in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.

Rasmus was a first-round pick in 2006, but has thrown just seven career innings in the majors at age 25. He has fantastic numbers at Triple-A this season with a 1.72 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 37 innings, but has also walked 5.4 batters per nine innings and projects as a middle reliever if his control remains an issue.