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White Sox Trade Jesse Crain To Rays; Peavy Trade Talks

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 29, 2013 10:15PM

The White Sox traded reliever Jesse Crain to the Tampa Bay Rays Monday afternoon for future considerations.

Crain hasn't pitched since June 29 when he was placed on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, but he earned an All-Star nod with a 2-3 with a 1.15 ERA, 19 holds, 46 strikeouts over 38 relief appearances and a club record 29 consecutive scoreless appearances.

Crain is one of the most-touted relievers on the trade market as the July 31 deadline approaches and, since the Sox can't hit or field a lick and are 18 games behind Detroit in the AL Central, they're officially sellers. Sox GM Rick Hahn noted Crain's "positive impact he's had on our young relievers. We certainly think he has the ability to influence this year's pennant race very positively for the Rays." Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal reported who the Sox receive in return for Crain will depend on how much Crain pitches for the Rays the rest of the season.

And the Sox may not be done dealing. Rosenthal also reports talks are heating up on a trade for Jake Peavy. Discussions with Oakland appear to have stalled, but the Red Sox and Cardinals are other destinations for the onery righthander. Hahn and his scouting team must work deftly in unloading Peavy, who has $24 million remaining on his contract but has pitched strong enough this season for the Sox to hold out for the prospects they want in return.