The scope of the Atlanta Braves trade targets is steadily getting wider. In their quest to acquire a veteran bullpen arm, they have shown interest in Chicago White Sox reliever Jesse Crain, Jim Bowden reports.
Crain has put up outstanding numbers this year for the White Sox, who dwell in the basement of the American League Central. The right-hander has a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings pitched with 40 strikeouts.
Crain has also been a bastion of consistency, appearing in at least 51 games every year since 2008.
Before arriving in Chicago via free agency for the 2011 season, Crain made his Major League debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2004, where he spent his first seven years in the bigs.
With a 3.05 career ERA, Crain may be worth the risk of a deal. In a statistical oddity, he won 12 games with the Twins in 2005 despite not starting a game.
Bowden reports that the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers are all looking into Crain. They all also have inquired about Twins closer Glen Perkins, but they were all denied.
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