HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have acquired right-handed pitcher John Ely from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Ely is placed on the club’s 40-man roster, with a corresponding roster move announced at a later time. The club also announced today that right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey, who was designated for assignment on Monday, has been claimed off waivers by Toronto. The announcements were made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Ely, 26, spent the majority of his season with Triple A Albuquerque, posting a 14-7 record with a 3.20 ERA (60ER/168.2IP) in 27 starts, including one complete game shutout. In his 168.2 innings pitched, Ely allowed just a .238 opponent’s batting average and struck out a league-leading 165 hitters. He also led the Pacific Coast League in ERA and WHIP (1.10), ranked tied for first in wins, and ranked second in innings pitched. Originally a third round pick by the White Sox in 2007, Ely has made 25 career Major League appearances, including 19 starts, combined over parts of the last three seasons (2010-12) with the Dodgers.
Rasmussen, 23, combined to post an 8-11 record and a 4.25 ERA (67ER/142IP) in 27 games (26 starts) for Class A Jupiter (16g) and Double A Corpus Christi (11g) this season. He was acquired by the Astros earlier this year on July 4, along with third baseman Matt Dominguez, from Miami in exchange for first baseman Carlos Lee.
Storey, 26, has been claimed off waivers three times this offseason since being designated for assignment by Houston following the 2012 season. He’s gone from New York-AL (Nov. 20), back to Houston (Dec. 6) and now on to Toronto.