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Astros sign Jesse Crain

Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

Jesse Crain AP

Hey, actual news on December 31!

Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who add the veteran right-hander to a bullpen mix that also recently added Chad Qualls on a two-year, $6 million deal.

Crain was having a career-year for the White Sox when shoulder problems derailed him in late June. At the time he had a 0.74 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 37 innings and he was actually traded to the Rays while on the disabled list, but Crain never threw another pitch in 2013.

Obviously he’s a big question mark, but it’s a good fit for both sides. If healthy Crain will be the Astros’ best late-inning option and getting a chance in the closer role could lead to a nice payday when he hits the open market again next offseason at age 32.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Congratulations to the Astros and Crain for breaking up the shutout.

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Ok all you prognosticators, time to revise your AL west projections. No, wait, no need. Astros still solidly in the cellar. Come on January. Get here quick! We should at the very least have a Tanaka signing, the HOF vote, and the A-rod decision to get some real posts going.

  3. theutilityman - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I could have sworn Crain was born in Canada.

    • saints97 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Born in Canada. Played high school ball in Colorado. Signed with the University of Texas to play baseball. Transferred to the University of Houston.

      Not a Houston native at all.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    This is off topic but RIP Roberto Clemente who died 41 years ago tonight.

  5. jeffa43 - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    RIP 21

  6. yahmule - Jan 1, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    I wish Jesse Crain and all the rest of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.

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