Jun 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain (26) pitches against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

RUMORS: Cubs interested in former White Sox reliever Crain


According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score (Twitter), the Chicago Cubs are interested in former White Sox reliever Jesse Crain. Chicago joins several other teams interested in the 32-year-old, who may be looking to re-establish value with a short-term deal in 2014.

According to MLBTR, the right-hander posted a 0.74 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 36 2/3 innings of work for the White Sox last year before suffering a shoulder injury in June, resulting in him missing the rest of the campaign.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports indicated that Crain was likely going to seek either a one or two-year deal as he looked to bounce back from the injury. He also pointed out the sterling earned run average mentioned earlier, which is attracting teams for obvious reasons.

The Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies also reportedly have interest in Crain, a second-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2002. Over his ten-year big league career, he has a 45-30 record with a 3.65 ERA. His numbers improved over the past three years in Chicago, as he lowered his earned run average to 2.10 while allowing less than one home run per nine innings of work.

If Chicago landed Crain, he would likely see the same role he held on the South Side as a setup man, as the Cubs already signed Jose Veras to handle the ninth inning role.

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