Despite Jesse Crain’s recent trip to the 15-day disabled list earlier in July, the market for the Chicago White Sox right-handed reliever has not fell through. Crain has been the set-up man for a White Sox team in the early stages of rebuilding mode, and if he is able to return from injury later this week, there is a strong possibility that he will be putting on a different uniform come August.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post has reported that the Colorado Rockies have expressed serious interest in Crain. Crain admitted to nearly signing a two-year deal with the Rockies before signing his current three-year deal with Chicago. However, the Rockies have been interested in Crain all along. Wilton Lopez has struggled out of Colorado’s bullpen this season. With an ERA of 4.57 overall, including a whopping 10.8 this week, it is obvious that the team from the mountains will be looking to add an additional arm in the bullpen.
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Crain told him that it would be fun playing for John Farrell’s squad. The first-place Red Sox have been involved in trade rumors for Crain leading up to his injury. Crain also said that he heard plenty of rumors about Boston being a potential landing spot for him.
Crain has pitched 36.2 innings in 38 appearances, and has managed an incredible ERA of 0.74. With 46 strikeouts and just 11 walks, the veteran remains a very capable arm out of anyone’s bullpen.