Right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
Crain, 32, was having a career-year with the White Sox when shoulder problems disrupted him in late June. At the time, he had a 0.74 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 37 innings. He was later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays while on the disabled list, but Crain never pitched again in 2013.
Houston’s bullpen was one of the biggest problems last season on a team that lost a franchise-record 111 games and had the worst record in the majors. So, if healthy, Crain will be the Astros’ best late-inning option and get a chance in the closer role.