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Jesse Crain never pitched for the Rays, but they traded two players for him

Oct 16, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

Jesse Crain AP

Jesse Crain didn’t recover from shoulder problems soon enough to throw a pitch for Tampa Bay, but because he was on the disabled list at the time of the trade and the Rays knew the risks involved in acquiring him from the White Sox they still had to send a pair of players to be named later to Chicago.

Today is the later and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the White Sox are getting left-hander Sean Bierman and infielder Ben Kline, neither of whom are considered legit prospects.

And now Crain will hit the open market as a free agent coming off his first All-Star season but with tons of health question marks sure to make landing a multi-year deal at age 31 more difficult.

(By the way, that picture of Crain throwing while wearing a Rays uniform? Simulated game.)

  1. raysfan1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Rays hope to sign him cheap. We’ll see.

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