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Angels reliever Scott Downs is traded to Atlanta
Angels reliever Scott Downs is traded to Atlanta

ARLINGTON, Texas — Scott Downs signed with the Angels before 2011 because he thought they offered a great shot at pitching in the playoffs for the first time. The Angels pushed Downs a lot closer to that goal on Monday — by trading the 37-year-old left-hander to the Atlanta Braves for triple-A reliever Cory Rasmus, a move that will save $1.7 million in payroll and is an indication the team has little hope of contending this season. 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 National...

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