Tampa Bay Rays Find Solid Bullpen Piece In Jesse Crain

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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired right-handed relief pitcher Jesse Crain from the Chicago White Sox Monday as the MLB Trade Deadline nears. The White Sox will receive future considerations from the Rays as Chicago completes a deal for one of its two setup men. Crain will definitely be on a contending team and will definitely make a difference on this Rays team.

Crain is still on the disabled list with a strained shoulder he suffered June 30. In 38 games this season, he has posted an impressive 0.74 ERA with a 4.18 K/BB and an 11.3 K/9. Crain was also named to the All-Star team but did not play due to the injury. This is a gamble, but Tampa Bay knows what it is doing. Adding Crain gives an extra bit of reassurance to the second-place Rays.

Closer Fernando Rodney has been on his ‘A’ game this season recording 25 saves. However, he has a 4.01 ERA, a lot higher than his 0.60 ERA in 2012. Jake McGee has not been quite as effective, but Joel Peralta has been a nice complement to set up Rodney in the latter part of games. With Crain coming in, Tampa Bay will also have to make some roster decisions. Who will Joe Maddon move around in the bullpen as Crain comes back?

The timetable for Crain to return could be the end of next week. He is very hopeful that he will return to game action soon.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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