Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/30/13
In a move to shore up an inconsistent bullpen for an expected playoff run, the Tampa Bay Rays have acquired right-handed reliever Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Crain, who had been named to the 2013 American League All-Star Team on the strength of a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts in 36.1 innings, hit the disabled list effective June 30 with a right shoulder strain.  The 31-year old is making $4.5 million this year and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Before his injury, Crain was one of the most highly touted relievers on the trading block, rumored to be garnering interest from the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds.  He was projected to bring in more in trade than any other member of the White Sox relief corps, but when he hit the DL, his stock plummeted.  Even now, the Rays aren’t sure when Cain might return but are betting that it will be in time to help with a playoff run befo...
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