rays winIf you’re a reliever obviously on the market, but not on the Chicago Cubs, you were traded today. I exaggerate slightly, but we’ve already seen Jose Veras sent to the Tigers, Scott Downs sent to the Braves, and now Jesse Crain is on the move.

Today, in a complicated transaction, the White Sox sent Crain to the Tampa Bay Rays for a return that, according to multiple reports, will be contingent on how much Crain actually pitches for them this year. Crain has been on the DL with shoulder soreness, making him a tricky piece to trade. A PTBNL/case type trade ameliorates that issue, and now the White Sox will just have to hope that he’s OK and pitches well for the Rays.

Your impact here to the Cubs is small, given that we can’t even evaluate the return on Crain, who has been among the best relievers in baseball this year. Your upside is that, to date, I’d not heard the Rays connected to Kevin Gregg or James Russell (or any other Cub, really), so the acquisition of Crain does not take a team out of the picture that was otherwise in the market for a Cubs piece.

  • AD

    Assman22 has gone missing.

    • Bilbo161

      Maybe he’s been kidnapped so he won’t spill the beans.

    • Jimmy James

      He got traded to the yanks in the sori deal…..

  • SirCub

    Bonus points for the use of the term “ameliorates.”

    I love this blog.

  • jayrig5

    I’d love to know how this deal is structured with regards to potential tiers of return.

    What if Crain is two appearances shy of a number that would trigger the maximum potential term for the White Sox, but the Rays have clenched the AL East with 8 games left? (Or another team has, and they’re guaranteed to be in the Wild Card game.)

    I’d think the likelihood of that scenario is slim, but still. Is it just one easy to reach if Crain is healthy benchmark? Just to protect Tampa in case he blows out after three games, but not give them the chance to try to manipulate his appearances down the stretch to avoid paying the full potential prospect price? Fascinating, inasmuch as these sorts of things can be.

  • Rebuilding

    The Whits Sox are reportedly telling teams that they are keeping Peavy to “build around”. That’s having your head in the sand

    • Chris S

      Or it’s called “try to drive the price up”.

    • gocatsgo2003

      That’s… Negotiations 101.

    • Jed Jam Band

      Yeah, this is definitely just trying to maximize return. A lot depends on the Cliff Lee situation.

    • Rebuilding

      No, what’s being reported is that they have told Peavy he is not being traded and are telling other teams the same. But thanks for the tips on negotiation

      • BT

        dude, you got the original tip from Olney, who then went on to say the exact same thing as gocatsgo2003. No need to get upset about it.

        “Buster OlneyVerified account ‏@Buster_ESPN

        The White Sox are telling other teams they’re going to keep Peavy and build around him.”

        “Buster OlneyVerified account ‏@Buster_ESPN

        The White Sox may well be trying to apply more leverage in the Peavy talks by saying they’re holding him, before making a move… We’ll see.”

  • Chris

    Mesa rookie team and cub organization in shock with death of pitching coach Frank Castillo. Reportedly has drowned in local lake and search on for body. He was a real quiet coach but was extremely valuable to our young pitchers. 44 yrs old and had a long career. Condolences.

    • http://bleachernation Ferris

      Rip, so sad

  • Nate

    Brett it should be scott downs to the braves

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah – from the Angels, not to the Angels.

  • BlameHendry

    That’s okay. We weren’t gonna get much more than a couple of McDoubles and a soda-to-be-named later for Gregg at this point, and I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Russell stay with the Cubs. Russell, Strop, and Matt Grrrrr are a good foundation for the 2014 bullpen.