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With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, it's been rumored that the Detroit Tigers will be in the market for a reliever considering their late-inning issues this season. Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has been the popular name tossed around, but Phil Rogers of The Chicago Tribune says that Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain would be a "perfect fit" for the Tigers.
At this point, there's no evidence that the Tigers are pursuing Crain. The same has been said about Papelbon, but you can bet his availability will impact the market for Crain. Rogers notes that general manager Dave Dombrowski is waiting to see if the Phillies make Papelbon available before looking into other options.
While he's not the White Sox' closer, Crain has been considered an alternative behind such names as Sergio Santos, Hector Santiago and Addison Reed. Rogers said the Tigers could acquire Crain and try him out as their closer, allowing themselves time prior to the deadline to make another move if necessary. Regardless, Crain would be a nice late-inning addition to a team that could be without Octavio Dotel for the remainder of the season.
The White Sox haven't declared themselves sellers yet, but if they do GM Rick Hahn has said he's willing to discuss his players with all 29 teams, including those that also inhabit the American League Central division.
Crain has been phenomenal in the final year of his current contract. The 31-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 0.57 and 0.979 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.67 over 33 appearances spanning 31 2/3 innings.
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