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UPDATE: The Rays acquire Jesse Crain from the White Sox

Jul 29, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

UPDATE: The deal is done. Buster Olney reports that the Rays have acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox for future considerations. Olney believes that the future considerations will be based on how many games Crain, who has a bad shoulder, pitches for Tampa Bay. The more he pitches, the better the return.

Crain, if healthy, will be a solid addition to the Rays’ pen.  Between this and the Scott Downs trade, it’s been a pretty bullpenny day.

12:40 PM: OK, maybe not so fast:

Trade deadline: a time when reports last approximately seven seconds before being refuted.

12:30 PMESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports the White Sox are close to trading veteran setup man Jesse Crain as part of a three-team deal involving the Rays.

There were thoughts that Crain’s shoulder injury and current DL-status would prevent a deal from happening. But that, it seems, is being overcome. And may be part of the reason why Levine reports that the deal is “complicated.”

For the Rays, a move to pick up Crain would be a rare buy-at-the-deadline transaction. But if Crain can pitch in the second half, he’d be a boon to their bullpen. In 38 appearances this year he’s put up a fantastic 0.74 ERA while striking out 46 batters and walking 11 in 36.2 innings.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I hope the 3rd team involved is the Royals. The Rays literally have 6 second baseman who would start on the Royals. Zobrist, Kelly Johnson, Sean Rod, Ryan Roberts, Tim Beckham, Hak Ju Lee. I’d like to see the Royals contend. Maybe Roberts or Rodriuguez, each of whom still have a few years of control.

    • blacksables - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Did any of them play for the Braves?

  2. 13arod - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    The rays need to get rid of that hernadez starter

    • hittfamily - Jul 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      He’ll be the long man in the pen when Cobb gets back in a few weeks. He gets a lot of ground balls with his sinker, so it could work out great.

  3. fishfiletkray - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    The Rays are a really scary team. It’s not looking good for the ready of the AL East.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Rays will win the World Series and get the ball rolling on a new stadium!

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    The Jays seem to have gone underground in recent trade speculation. This is usually a good indication that something is going on behind the scenes. Could Darren Oliver and Mark Buehrle be moved?

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