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Astros acquire John Ely from Dodgers

The Houston Astros traded for the right-hander from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitching prospect Rob Rasmussen.

Jeff Gross

The Houston Astros acquired pitcher John Ely from the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospect Rob Rasmussen, adding to Houston's 40-man roster.

Ely made 25 appearances for the Dodgers from 2010-12, including 19 starts. The 26-year-old was drafted in the third round by the Chicago White Sox in 2007 and has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. Last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, the right-hander went 14-7, leading the Pacific Coast League in ERA (3.20) and WHIP (1.10), while ranking second in innings pitched (168 2/3).

Rasmussen landed in Houston as part of the Carlos Lee deal with the Miami Marlins on July 4. The 23-year-old went a combined 8-11 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 appearances for Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Corpus Christi this year.

The Astors are in rebuilding mode after another disappointing season in 2012. Houston finished in the cellar of the NL Central with a 55-107 record, making it one of two teams, along with the Chicago Cubs, to reach the century mark for losses.

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