Chicago White Sox Rumors: Tampa Bay Rays Close To Acquiring Jesse Crain

Jesse Crain Trade

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Although he’s still on the DL and hasn’t appeared in a game for the Chicago White Sox since June 29, Jesse Crain could become the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays before today is over.

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.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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