The Angels designated 29-year-old right-handed reliever Cory Rasmus for assignment, according to Taylor Blake Ward of Scout.com. Rasmus posted a 5.84 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 5.8 BB/9, 1.46 HR/9, and 30.4% groundball rate in 24 2/3 innings for the Halos this year.
Rasmus endured multiple DL stints for a groin strain this year, culminating in July surgery. He returned in September and made five appearances to close out his season. Cory, younger brother of free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, was a first-round draft pick of the Braves in 2006 out of high school, back when he had a number two starter ceiling. Rasmus was a supplemental pick the Braves had gained for the loss of free agent Kyle Farnsworth. The Angels acquired Rasmus a few days before the 2013 trade deadline, shipping veteran reliever Scott Downs to Atlanta in a trade between GMs Jerry Dipoto and Frank Wren. His best year in the Majors was 2014, when he posted a 2.57 ERA in 56 innings, including six starts.