Cubs Interested In Jesse Crain

The Cubs are interested in reliever Jesse Crain,'s Bruce Levine tweets. The Cubs are one of many teams looking at Crain's medical information.

Crain, 32, spent the last three years as a setup man for the Cubs' cross-town rivals. He posted an 0.74 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 36 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2013, although he suffered a shoulder injury in June and missed the rest of the season. The White Sox traded him to the Rays in July, but he did not make an appearance for Tampa Bay.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi tweeted last week that Crain was deciding whether to take a one- or two-year deal. A one-year deal presumably might be attractive to Crain as a way of proving his shoulder is healthy before hitting the free-agent market against next season.

The Astros have reportedly shown interest in Crain, as have the Rockies. The Cubs agreed to a contract with Jose Veras last week with the intention of making him their closer, so Crain would likely continue to work in a setup-type role if the Cubs were to sign him.

17 Responses to Cubs Interested In Jesse Crain Leave a Reply

  1. Revery 2 years ago

    Good idea. Cubs building a potentially lock down pen.

  2. djj555 2 years ago

    Typical Cubs move. Take a guy who one of the best organizations in baseball deemed damaged goods when they signed him after already being injured. If anyone knows a steal it’s the Rays.

    • Joey Doughnuts 2 years ago

      When did the Rays sign Jesse Crain exactly?

      • GrilledCheese39 2 years ago

        He was traded from the White Sox to the Rays at the trade deadline last year

        • Joey Doughnuts 2 years ago

          And since when are a trade and a signing the same thing?

  3. Raysfan77 2 years ago

    He was warming up for the rays and was ready to pitch one game when they were behind but they tied it so they didn’t put him in, that’s the closest he got to pitching with us lol

  4. BENT_WOOKIE 2 years ago

    may as well.

  5. Thomas Wilson 2 years ago

    As a Rockies fan I watch almost everything the Cubs do jealously

    • JustFatOlMe 2 years ago

      Why,you like older injured players?

    • Cubs27 2 years ago

      As a Cubs fan I want Carlos Gonzalez

      • Trock 2 years ago

        And Tulo!

        • Cubs27 2 years ago

          I wanted to say him, too. He’s just injured too much and we have a pretty set infield, whether or not all the prospects pan out lol

      • Those home/away splits, though…

        • Cubs27 2 years ago

          He hit .332 away from Coors field last year. Seems to be quite an improvement, even though he won’t sustain it.

          • Last year was an aberration, for sure. Career OPS is over 200 points better at home than on the road. YIKES.

  6. K.K. Kilmister 2 years ago

    One of the Rays’ all-time greats will finally get a chance to prove himself!

  7. i'm me .. 2 years ago

    could end up in Houston. he has a home just outside of the area. Good buy for the Stros..then flip him come playoff time.

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