• Astros add Jesse Crain to bullpen makeover

    Summary of 6 articles · Updated Dec 31, 2013
    The Astros’ bullpen makeover continued Tuesday, when a one-year deal with free agent right-hander and University of Houston product Jesse Crain was announced. The Astros agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander Jesse Crain to help bolster their bullpen. All-Star free-agent reliever Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros. Crain joins Matt Albers and Chad Qualls at the back of a much improved Astros bullpen. Crain has four saves lifetime. Crain, 32, has 10 big league seasons under his belt. Crain was traded to Tampa Bay on July 29, but didn't appear in a game for the Rays because of a right shoulder strain. Crain, an American League All-Star in 2013, posted a 0.74 ERA in 38 relief appearances for the White Sox with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched for an 11.29 strikeouts per nine innings ratio.

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