[UPDATE] The Rays have now made the deal official saying Jesse Crain was acquired for players to be named later or cash considerations.
[UPDATE] Buster Olney of ESPN (via Twitter) now says the deal is done and that the Rays have acquired Jesse Crain.
Joel Sherman reports that the Rays will give up “future considerations” for Crain. That just means it will be a player to be named later (or cash) based on on how much Crain pitches.
This is a classic buy-low move by the Rays. If Crain can come back from injury he will be a huge addition to the bullpen which has been overused at times this season. If Crain does not return to form, the cost for the Rays will likely be minimal.
A healthy Crain would also give Joe Maddon another option in the later innings, where he has been limited to Jake McGee, Joel Peralta, and Fernando Rodney.
[UPDATE] Joel Sherman is reporting that the Rays are hoping to finish the deal today and that they have given the White Sox an offer. At this point, the Rays are just waiting for the White Sox to accept it or reject it.
[UPDATE] Bruce Levine of ESPN says the Rays are “the leading club” to land Crain but that another team is also in contention. He also reports that what the Rays would give up could depend on his injury and how well he plays.
[EARLIER] The Rays are one of three teams involved in a trade that would include White Sox reliever Jesse Crain. According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the deal is “close” to happening.
It is not known who the third team is or which team would receive Crain. The Braves were one team that was reportedly showing interest.
Marc Topkin reports that the Rays do have interest in Crain, but that a deal is “not close.”
Crain has a 0.74 ERA (2.96 FIP) with 46 strikeouts and 11 walks in 36.2 innings, but is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Late last week Crain suffered a setback when he played catch before a recent game and the shoulder “didn’t feel well.”
Crain is in the final year of his 3-year contract and is still owed approximately $1.4 million this season.
Two players the Rays may be willing to move are Roberto Hernandez and Ryan Roberts. While Hernandez could lose his spot in the rotation in the near future, the White Sox have the second worst record in the AL and are unlikely to be interested in acquiring a veteran starting pitcher.