Astros add relief pitcher Jesse Crain

Astros add relief pitcher Jesse Crain
December 31, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The Astros continued their efforts to bolster their bullpen this offseason, agreeing to terms with relief pitcher Jesse Crain on a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Crain, 32, was an All Star in 2013 when he went 2-3 with a 0.74 ERA in 37 appearances with the White Sox. He was traded to Tampa Bay in late July but never appeared in a game for the Rays.

Crain went on the injured reserve list while on the White Sox with a shoulder strain and never returned to the field to pitch again.

“Jesse Crain is a proven, quality reliever that will help us win games in 2014,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We targeted him early in the offseason and are excited to bring him on board.”

A product of San Jacinto Junior College and the University of Houston, Crain has spent 10 years in the majors, compiling a 45-30 record with a 3.05 ERA.