By Evan Moore
The old adage in Major League Baseball is that you can't have enough pitching. In most circumstances, when a team with postseason aspirations makes a deal for an All-Star reliever, the team expects for that player to help them at some point. For the Tampa Bay Rays and Jesse Crain, things have not worked out as planned.
Crain, an All-Star relief pitcher, has yet to pitch for the Rays this season.
Last month, the Chicago White Sox traded Crain along with cash considerations to the Rays for a player to be named later. The Rays knew that Crain was injured when they dealt for him. He hasn't played since June 29 after suffering a shoulder injury. At this point, the White Sox probably won't get anything in return for a player who was in the midst of a breakout season.
The trade was based on Crain's eventual return from the disabled list. Crain, a veteran of 10 major league seasons, had a 0.74 ERA along with 46 strikeouts in 2013. Rays manager Joe Maddon described Crain's progress as "kinda stuck right now” when he spoke with a Tampa Bay beat writer.
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Crain is a free agent after the season.