Rob Rasmussen joins Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Former Toronto Blue Jays left handed relief pitcher Rob Rasmussen has been claimed off waivers by the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday.

Orange County Register reporter Jeff Fletcher reported the news on Wednesday.

Rasmussen was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Monday December 14, 2015 when former Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek signed a two year, $10 million dollar contract.

Rasmussen was designated for assignment by the Mariners since he pitched in 20 games as a relief pitcher with a record of two wins and one loss with an earned run average of 9.98.

Rasmussen will be working as a relief pitcher for the Angels during the 2016 Major League Baseball season probably as a middle or long relief pitcher.

Rasmussen has pitched in the Major Leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2014-2015 and the Seattle Mariners in 2015.

The Blue Jays traded Rasmussen to the Mariners with left handed minor league pitchers Nick Wells and Jacob Brentz in exchange for Mariners right handed relief pitcher Mark Lowe on July 31, 2015.

The Blue Jays needed the services of Lowe since they were in contention to make a playoff run at the time of the trade. The Mariners were not in contention to make a playoff run. Brentz and Wells will be working in their minor league teams in 2016 until they are ready to make their debuts in the Major Leagues in the near future.

The Angels finished the 2015 Major League Baseball season in third place in the American League West Division standings with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses.

Rasmussen will have a chance to increase the chances of the Angels to make another playoff run during the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

Rasmussen will be playing for his third team in the Major Leagues in 2016.


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