There is strong mutual interest between the Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Jesse Crain, according to multiple major league sources.
Peter Gammons of MLB Network and NESN reported earlier this week that the Blue Jays were among at least nine teams with interest in Crain.
Crain was born in Toronto, but his parents returned to the United States within several months of his birth. He graduated from high school in Colorado, and the Minnesota Twins selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft from the University of Houston.
Crain, 29, is coming off perhaps his best all-around season since 2005. While he has only three career saves in the major leagues, Crain, most often a setup man, is said to have interest in closing.
So, if all offers are equal, he could favor the team that lacks an established closer. At the moment, the Blue Jays don’t have a closer for 2011, but it isn't clear if the team views Crain as a potential ninth-inning man.
-Jon Paul Morosi