Reports earlier this afternoon have suggested that the White Sox and Rays are engaged in trade talks involving Crain. The possibility of a third team being brought into the discussions has also surfaced, but the name of that team still remains unknown.
Before Crain — who was selected as an All-Star for this first time in his career this season — was sent to the DL due to shoulder soreness, he was arguably the top reliever in the American League. Posting a 0.74/1.15 ERA/WHIP along with 46 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched, the right-hander has been one of the more sought-after arms on the trade market.
The only question mark that remains with regards to Crain is his health. After a setback in his bullpen session last week, no timetable for his return has been set by the White Sox.
With the AL East race getting tighter and tighter, the usually-quiet Rays seem willing to take a chance on Crain as the trade deadline nears. Although his trade value has certainly taken a hit, I believe the White Sox still want a high-end prospect in exchange for their prized reliever. Whether the two teams can agree on a deal within the next few days is still a mystery, but as of right now, Tampa Bay is the front-runner to land Crain.