The Tampa Bay Rays on Monday evening announced that they had acquired All-Star reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox for players to be named later or cash considerations. Speculation is that the future considerations will be determined on how much Crain pitches.
Crain, currently on the 15-day DL was added to the 40-man roster though he’ll remain on the DL and reliever Brandon Gomes was moved to the 60-day DL.
Crain was named a 2013 AL All-Star after posting a 0.74 ERA (36.2-IP, 3-ER) with 46 strikeouts in 38 appearances during the first half. At the time he was placed on the disabled list (July 3; retroactive to June 30), he led AL relievers in ERA and ranked second with 19 holds. He has only allowed one earned run over his last 32 appearances which included a White Sox record 29 consecutive scoreless appearances from April 17-June 22.
A 10-year veteran, Crain has spent time with the Minnesota Twins (2004-10) and White Sox (2011-13). He owns a career 45-30 record with a 3.05 ERA in 532 relief appearances. Crain owns a 2.10 ERA which ranks eighth-lowest among major league relievers since joining the White Sox in 2011. As an opposing pitcher at Tropicana Field, Crain has a 2.53 ERA (10.2 IP, 3-ER) in 14 career games.
Crain has been on the disabled list with a sore shoulder and hasn’t pitched since June 29. Crain recently suffered a setback and told MLB.com’s Jason Mastrodonato in a video interview he is unsure when he will pitch again this season.
However, Rays beat reporter Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Rays obviously feel comfortable with the status of Crain’s shoulder and feel confident he will be back sometime in August or early September.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago was first to announce that the White Sox were close to trading Crain, but that the deal was “complicated” as it involved two teams – which included the Rays and because Crain was on the DL. Jeff Passan of Yahoo via Twitter tweeted that a deal with the Rays was possible, but nothing was “close” only “in talks.”
Crain is in the last year of a three-year, $13 million deal and would be a free agent after the season.
In regards to Brandon Gomes, there was thought that he would be activated off the 15-day DL within the next few days, so it came somewhat of a surprise that the Rays moved him to the 60-day DL.
Gomes has been on the DL since May 10 with a right lat strain and his recovery has been slow. On June 29, Gomes was schedule to throw his second rehab inning for Class-A Charlotte but felt discomfort and was shutdown.
Gomes is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games for the Rays this season.
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