The Houston Astros continued retooling their roster in preparation for their move to the American League West.
Although not likely to be considered big splash moves, the Astros have been among baseball’s most active teams in regard to transactions since the middle of last summer.
Earlier this week used in signed first baseman/DH Carlos Pena to a one-year deal, then signed former Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jose Veras to a one-year deal worth $2 million to shore up the Astros bullpen.
Ely was immediately placed on the Houston’s 40 man roster, with a corresponding move to come later.
Ely, 26, spent the majority of his 2012 season with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a 14-7 record with a 3.20 ERA in 27 starts.
Rasmussen, 23, combined to post an 8-11 record and 4.25 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) for Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Corpus Christi last season.