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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Nov 27, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

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    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  3. No one has any idea when Jesse Crain might pitch for the Astros

    Jun 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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    Jesse Crain is approaching one calendar year without pitching, with his last appearance coming on June 29 for the White Sox, which was two teams ago.

  4. Jesse Crain won’t pitch for the Astros before May 29

    May 2, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

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    Jesse Crain never pitched for the Rays after they acquired him from the White Sox in the middle of last season and he’s yet to pitch for the Astros after they signed him to a one-year deal this winter. And whenever he does debut for Houston it won’t be before May 29.

  5. Jesse Crain’s latest injury problem: bursitis in his right elbow

    Apr 25, 2014, 11:20 PM EST

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    The Astros reliever has another hurdle to climb before making his first MLB appearance since June 29, 2013.

  6. Would-be Astros closer Jesse Crain still isn’t near a return

    Apr 23, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

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    Jesse Crain hasn’t thrown a pitch in a game since June 29 and it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon.

  7. GM Jeff Luhnow says Astros “likely to keep” veterans at trade deadline

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

    Jeff Luhnow

    That the Astros are in rebuild mode is no secret. In the past, they had been pawning off veteran players in an effort to usher in a youth movement, but GM Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren’t likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Jesse Crain and Jerome Williams are eligible to become free…

  8. 2014 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:45 AM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: One hundred losses again, right? Depends on how long the Astros keep their prospects on…

  9. Jesse Crain at least two weeks from mound work

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:16 AM EST

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    Jesse Crain sat out the second half of the 2013 season because of a shoulder strain and then underwent biceps surgery this winter. He was hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that’s not going to happen. According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Crain — who signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Astros…

  10. 2014 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:08 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Can the White Sox rebuild the league’s worst lineup on the fly? Chicago…

  11. Jesse Crain has a calf strain

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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    Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse — it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…

  12. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

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    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  13. Jesse Crain is finally throwing again

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

    Jesse Crain

    After numerous setbacks that caused him to miss the entire second half of last season and kept him sidelined throughout the offseason Jesse Crain is finally throwing again. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Crain threw Monday and plans to do so again today and Friday as he prepares for spring training with the Astros.…

  14. What are the Astros aiming for exactly?

    Feb 3, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

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    Having finished with baseball’s worst record three straight years, the Astros have mastered the art of being bad. And it’s worked out for them; thanks to their early draft picks and some veteran-for-prospects trades, they now boast one of the game’s very best farm systems. That left the Astros with a decision to make entering…

  15. Jesse Crain still not ready to begin throwing

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

    Jesse Crain

    Houston took a risk in signing Jesse Crain after he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, although a one-year, $3.25 million deal is certainly a reasonable risk to take on a potential impact bullpen arm. His status for Opening Day remains in question, as CSNHouston.com reports that Crain won’t even begin throwing for…

  16. Jesse Crain’s deal with Astros worth $3.25 million

    Jan 3, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the details of Jesse Crain‘s one-year deal with the Astros, reporting that the right-hander will get $3.25 million in guaranteed money. Crain is a big question mark after missing the second half with a shoulder injury, but he was having a fantastic season before getting hurt and if healthy certainly…

  17. Astros sign Jesse Crain

    Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    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.…

  18. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  19. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  20. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

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

    Oct 16, 2013, 12:55 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    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…

  22. Jesse Crain’s shoulder still isn’t feeling great

    Sep 26, 2013, 6:09 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    Jesse Crain was activated from the disabled list this week after missing three months with a shoulder strain, but he has yet to appear in a game. And it’s now possible that he’ll never throw a pitch for the Rays. Rays manager Joe Maddon told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that Crain didn’t feel…

  23. Jesse Crain is finally ready to make his Rays debut

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:48 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    Tampa Bay activated Jesse Crain from the disabled list, meaning the right-hander has finally been cleared to make his Rays debut two months after being acquired from the White Sox. Crain was on the DL with a shoulder injury at the time of the trade, which factored into the White Sox’s modest asking price, and…

  24. Jesse Crain could finally make his Rays debut this week

    Sep 22, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

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    Jesse Crain was on the disabled list with a shoulder strain when the Rays acquired him in late July from the White Sox and he remains on the disabled list to this date. But things are suddenly looking good. According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays “expect Crain to…

  25. Jesse Crain could be days away from his first appearance with the Rays

    Sep 16, 2013, 9:12 PM EST

    Jesse Crain

    The Rays acquired Jesse Crain from the White Sox on July 29, but he has yet to make an appearance for the club due to a right shoulder strain. That could change very soon. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Crain threw 30 pitches today in his first session against hitters in…

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