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Free agent reliever Jesse Crain wants a chance to close

Nov 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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Jesse Crain is one of four prominent Twins relievers hitting the open market as free agents and has said he’d like to remain in Minnesota, but told Kelly Thesier of that his chances of re-signing depend largely on whether other teams offer him an opportunity to be their closer:

Obviously, I’d love an opportunity to do that. I guess we’ll see what happens this offseason. A team might come and offer me that. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing what happens. I’d love to be back here. I love the guys, I love the organization. It’s the only place I’ve ever been. I feel comfortable. We’ll just have to see what happens.

Crain has never closed for the Twins, saving a total of just three games in seven seasons, but certainly has the velocity most teams look for in the role and has become a free agent at an ideal time after posting a 1.42 ERA, .170 opponents’ batting average, and 42/20 K/BB ratio in his final 45 appearances (before serving up a homer to Mark Teixeira in the playoffs).

  1. andrewkw - Nov 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Assuming Gregg declines arbitration, he might be a decent low cost option for The Jays. To add to the appeal he was born here, not that that should matter.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

      Agreed! He was born in Toronto and played for Canada in the WBC. I would prefer him to Gregg. As far as the comment that he had never closed before, I have to point out that all closers had never closed before they were given the roll.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Like Gregg, Crain is a Type B free agent, so he would not cost the Jay’s a draft pick.

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