ARLINGTON, Texas —
The Angels pushed Downs a lot closer to that goal on Monday — by trading the 37-year-old left-hander to the
Downs, who went 2-3 with a 1.84 earned-run average in 43 games and is in the final year of a three-year, $15-million contract, goes from a highly disappointing club that trailed Oakland by 13 games entering Monday to a club that led the
"It's kind of bittersweet," reliever
"At the same time, it's nice for him, as long as he's played this game, to go to a team that has a legitimate shot of going to the playoffs, which is why he came here. So I'm definitely happy for him."
The trade could be perceived as evidence the Angels, who lost slugger
"You always have the mind-set that you're in it," first baseman
Added Jepsen: "We're not throwing in the towel."
Rasmus, a 25-year-old right-hander, will report to triple-A Salt Lake. He was a first-round pick of the
Call to arms
The Angels added two relievers Monday, recalling left-hander Nick Maronde from double-A Arkansas and right-hander Daniel Stange from triple A. Utility player
Maronde, 23, was superb last September, compiling a 1.50 ERA in 12 games for the Angels, but he struggled in
Stange, 27, signed after being released by San Diego on June 15. He had a 3.60 ERA in 15 games at Salt Lake. A former teammate of Angels reliever
Jason Vargas and