Rays send Bierman, Kline, cash to White Sox in Crain deal
The Rays completed their trade for RHP Jesse Crain on Wednesday, sending minor-leaguers LHP Sean Bierman and INF Ben Kline to the White Sox along with an unannounced amount of cash.
Bierman, a 2012 10th-round draftee from the University of Tampa, split 2013 between Class A Bowling Green and Charlotte, going 6-5, 2.55. He previously was drafted by the Reds and attended Vanderbilt before transferring to Tampa.
Kline, a 32nd-round pick in 2012, hit .246 with 15 RBIs in 40 games over three lower levels this season. He was the MVP of the Rays Gulf coast League team in 2012, hitting .347-1-16 in in 36 games.
Crain was acquired July 29 with a strained shoulder and did not recover in time to pitch for the Rays. He is expected to have a minor surgical procedure and will be a free agent.
Crain improved enough through tireless rehab and a minor-league outing to be activated the final week of the season, but felt something warming up for the Sept. 23 game and was not able to pitch. He eventually was placed back on the 60-day disabled list so the Rays could use his 40-man roster spot.
At the time, Rays officials acknowledged it was disappointing but said they didn't regret the deal because they knew there was a risk but the reward had Crain been able to pitch would have made it worthwhile.
Earlier, the Rays sent LHP Matthew Spann to the Nationals to complete the trade for OF David DeJesus.