UPDATE: Rays make deal to get Crain
UPDATE, 6:27: Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said it is "too early to speculate on exactly when" Crain will be ready to resume pitching but he had extreme confidence the Rays medical staff can make it happen. Friedman said when healthy, Crain "is among the best relief pitchers in the game,'' noting his ability to get out right- and left-handers. Crain is expected to join the Rays on Wednesday. The compensation likely won't be worked out until after the season, though Friedman said the framework is in place.
UPDATE, 5:34: The Rays have made the deal offiicial, and announced it for "players to be named later or cash considerations.'' The Rays added Crain to the 40-man roster but kept him on the 15-day DL. To make room on the 40-man roster, they shifted Brandon Gomes to the 60-day DL, though he is close to being reinstated.
UPDATE, 5:22: The Rays are giving up future considerations, likely tied to how much Crain pitches.
UPDATE, 5:07: The Rays have made a deal to get Crain. Details to come.
UPDATE, 4:58: Manager Joe Maddon confirmed that the acquistion of Crain is "a possibility."
Talks are ongoing, and the deal could be completed tonight. (ESPN's Buster Olney reported around 5 p.m. that there was an agreement.) The Rays would not give up a player off the major-league roster. Crain is in the last year of a three-year, $13-million deal and would be a free agent after the season.
The Rays obviously feel comfortable with the status of Crain's shoulder and feel confident he will be back pitching sometime in August or early September.
DEVELOPING: The Rays have interest in White Sox injured All-Star setup man RHP Jesse Crain but reports that a deal is close to being done appear premature.
ESPN Chicago reported earlier today that the Sox "are close to trading All-Star reliever Jesse Crain in a "complicated" deal involving two teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.''
But the Times has learned that no deal is considered imminent. Yahoo's Jeff Passan has also reported that the a deal with the Rays "is not close to done. Talks for now.''
Also, it was not clear under the ESPN scenario whether the Rays would keep Crain or move him to another team.
Crain has been on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder and has not pitched since June 20, and there is no set date for his return. He reportedly had a setback in his recovery last week.
Before the injury, Crain, 32, was having a tremendous season, which earned him a spot on the AL All-Star team, posting a 0.74 ERA, with 19 holds over 38 appearances.