Astros sign reliever Jesse Crain
The Astros keep adding to their bullpen this offseason. Now one of the best right-handed relievers available is off the board.
The Astros have signed right-handed reliever Jesse Crain to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the deal will pay Crain $3.25 million for 2014.
Crain, 32, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to an 0.74 ERA and 4.18 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings for the White Sox. Crain was dealt to the Rays leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but he was unable to pitch for them because of a lingering shoulder strain. For his career, Crain boasts a 143 ERA+ across parts of 10 major-league seasons. He's been one of baseball's most consistent right-handed relievers over that span.