The White Sox announced the completion of the Jesse Crain trade when they acquired two minor-leaguers and cash from Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
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The team received left-handed pitcher Sean Bierman and infielder Ben Kline to finalize the July 29 trade that sent the team’s top -- albeit injured -- reliever to the Rays.
Both players spent the 2013 season at Single-A.
An All-Star this season, Crain never pitched for Tampa Bay. While he was still a member of the White Sox Crain -- who in 2013 set a Sox franchise record with 29 straight scoreless appearances over 29 innings -- was placed on the disabled list on July 3 with a sore right shoulder.
Even though he was injured, Crain was considered the best reliever available on the trade market, which prompted the Rays to acquire him from the White Sox. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn called the trade complicated but praised the two sides for negotiating a deal contingent on Crain’s performance when he returned from the DL. In essence, the more Crain pitched, the better would be the White Sox return.
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Bierman, who turns 25 on Sunday, went 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 18 games (14 starts) last season. He struck out 68 batters in 88 1/3 innings and finished the season at Single-A Charlotte (Fla.).
Kline, 24, had a .246/.311/.288 line in 40 games at three stops this season. The year before Kline had a .333/.382/.423 line in 45 games, including 40 in the Gulf Coast League.