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Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:54 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2010 12:26 am
 
Crain The White Sox have agreed to a three-year deal with Jesse Crain, as Peter Gammons reports .

This is the latest in a series of three-year deals given to relievers. First Joaquin Benoit set the market, then Scott Downs and Matt Guerrier followed.

Gotta say, it's a good year to be a middle reliever.

Crain recently finished up a year in which he pitched 68 innings of a 3.04 ERA. He boasts a career ERA of 3.42 along with a 4.48 xFIP, so may be hurt by the move to homer-friendly US Cellular Field.

That said, Crain is just 29 and punched out 8/21 batters per nine in 2010, walking 3.57. Throwing an average fastball that is just a hair under 95-mph, he matches up with Chicago's affinity for hard-throwing relievers.

In other relief news, Hardball Talk has Bobby Jenks nearing an agreement with the Rays. This is a fantastic agreement for both sides, as Jenks will land somewhere where he won't have any trouble sewing up a closer's gig. That'll allow him to spend 2011 trying to rehabilitate his value, while the Rays pick up an underrated pitcher who seemed to clash with skipper Ozzie Guillen in Chicago. (However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Jenks isn't close to a decision and has also heard from the Yankees.)

The Red Sox continue their slew of uninspiring relief signings, blanching at the three-year demands out there. A day after inking Matt Albers, the Red Sox have brought back lefty Lenny DiNardo, as WEEI reveals. The deal is of the minor-league variety. DiNardo was with the Red Sox from 2004-06, then traveled to the A's where he enjoyed success on now-Red Sox pitching coach Curt Young. He struggled from 2008-10 with injuries and bounced from the A's to Royals and back to Oakland. Now, he'll serve as depth for Boston with an outside shot toward winning a bullpen job out of spring training.

The Jays, meanwhile, aren't asleep at the switch in finding a reliever. They're hot after Octavio Dotel, as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Dotel could potentially close in Toronto, which may appeal to the 37-year-old. The club could pit Dotel and Jason Frasor in a contest for the job. Dotel isn't the reliever he once was, but in a market where three-year deals are the norm for relievers, Dotel suddenly starts to look attractive on a one- or two-year pact.

Lastly, the Yankees are hard after a left-handed reliever. That puts them in line for Brian Fuentes, Pedro Feliciano, Arthur Rhodes, and more. Rhodes was thought to be close to a deal to re-up with the Reds but with the market the way it is, may listen to alternatives. Fuentes is the best lefty on the market, so the Yankees will have to pony up, but they have a ton of cash burning a hole in their pocket.

UPDATE : Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has Crain's deal at three years, $13 million.

Wow.

Also, Kerry Wood is headed back to the Cubs, as Rosenthal adds . The two sides are working on an agreement for Wood to set up Carlos Marmol, freeing up Andrew Cashner for the rotation.

-- Evan Brunell

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Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:00 am
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

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Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 3:07 pm
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Mgeng2, Minnesota fans are nothing but whiny babies. They cry about everything -- they're still whining about the freaking coin flip in 2008 that allowed us to have game 163 at the Cell.  They whine about how they never got to touch the ball in the NFC Championship Game which is why they lost in OT...they whine how the umpires wanted the Yankees to win in the 2010 ALDS..and I'm sure they're whining how they have to play the MNF game this week outside... the Crain signing is great. It give us another arm in our bullpen and takes one out of the Twins.

Don't forget the Cubs have .196 hitting CARLOS PENA at first base.  Between him and Wood, that could be the ticket to the World Series in 2011.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Wood back to the Cubs? I love this deal from a White Sox perspective. Everyone seems to be remembering his 0.69 ERA with the Yankees last year while forgetting his 6.30 ERA with the Indians also last year.

But hey, he invokes good feelings in Cub fans. Doesn't matter that he's the only reliever to walk more batters per 9 innings than Carlos Marmol. With those 2 issuing free passes, the Cubs are sure to win the World Series next year.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:41 pm
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:59 am
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Eh..... whatever.  Just like chester taylor.  Its not that hes bad, but hes not worth that kinda money.  Enjoy our table scraps.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:58 am
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

His style would say this is a bad move, but his stats don't.  I guess if you strike em out more often then not, they can't take you deep at the 'cell.  And, as the previous poster said, you make the Twins weaker in the pen with this move.  



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:33 am
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Thank you Kenny Williams ! As a White Sox fan I love this deal, Not only do the Sox get a good set up man in Jesse Crain which is something that they were needing but they took him away from a division rival in the Twins. It is great that the Sox will not have to face him next season because he really had our number.
The Sox just made the race for the AL Central a whole lot closer.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2010 10:16 am
 

Crain to White Sox, RP market booming

Wood back to the Cubs?  Kinda like the deal if he is happy to be a set up man and if the deal is only a year or and optional second.  


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