We talked about it earlier today, but now it has happened. The Rays have acquired RHP Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox as part of a conditional deal. The Rays will give the White Sox either cash considerations or a player to be named later based on how much Crain pitches the rest of the season. Crain is currently on the DL with a shoulder strain but the Rays believe he can pitch soon. He will head straight to the Rays’ DL, although they will have to clear a 40-man roster spot. Crain has put up big numbers this season when healthy, posting a 0.74 ERA and a 46-11 strikeout to walk ratio in 36.2 innings pitched. He will provide the Rays with another late-inning arm, helping to ease the load off of Joel Peralta. Getting a pitcher the quality of Crain at such a cheap cost is a coup for the Rays if he stays healthy. For a team that rarely makes deadline deals, Crain is a big acquisition, and he has the ability to make a major impact for the Rays the rest of the season.
Breaking News: Rays Make First Deadline Deal, Acquire RHP Jesse Crain
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