Breaking News: Rays Make First Deadline Deal, Acquire RHP Jesse Crain

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.

Topics: Jesse Crain, Tampa Bay Rays

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