The Houston Astros added another candidate to compete for a spot in the starting rotation by acquiring right handed pitcher John Ely from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for left handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
Ely was placed on the 40-man roster and the Astros will make a corresponding move that will be announced later.
Ely, 26, was originally drafted in the third round by the White Sox in 2007 and reached the Major Leagues for parts of the past three seasons with the Dodgers, appearing in 25 games and starting 19. Ely spent the majority of the 2012 season at Albuquerque, the Dodgers Triple A affiliate, where he went 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 27 starts. His 165 strikeouts for the Isotopes led the Pacific Coast League. Ely also led the PCL in WHIP (1.10), tied for first in wins and finished second in innings pitched (168.2).
Rasmussen spent less than one season in the Astros organization. He was acquired by Houston in July from Miami as part of the Carlos Lee trade. Rasmussen pitched in 11 games for Corpus Christi, the Astros Double A affiliate, going 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA for the Hooks.