Crain Gets Serious With Twins

In an effort to keep their bullpen strong for 2007 and beyond, the Minnesota Twins gave reliever Jesse Crain a three-year contract on Tuesday, keeping him around for a dependable right arm and occasional setup man to closer Automatic Joe Nathan.

The 25-year-old went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 68 games last season, helping the Twins come from behind for their fourth AL Central title in five seasons. In his final 22 appearances, Crain was 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA, allowing just 14 hits.

In his two-plus year career, spent solely in Minnesota, Crain is 19-10 with a 2.95 ERA in 165 appearances.

Crain said he was somewhat surprised when the Twins approached him about a new contract. "It was something I was actually hoping for, but I wasn't sure it was going to happen with everybody that had arbitration this year," Crain said. "I'm excited for it and look forward to being with the Twins."

[Star Tribune]


Anonymous said...

Crain isn't as dependable as this post may insinuate.

deborah said...

Crain isn't even as dependable as he'd like to insinuate.

Sooze said...

Listen here. I can think of a crap-load of righty relievers that aren't half the pitcher Crain is. Sure, he had his ups and downs last season... I may have even called for his benching. But I think you'll see more improvement from him this season. Until Kyle Lohse syndrome sets in, I'm all for this deal.

RandBall said...

Crain will be the closer when they can't afford to extend Nathan. Then we'll find out what he's really made of.

Sooze said...

Good point, Rand. As the main set up man, he's for sure polishing himself for future closer duty. Although, the thought of the Twins without Automatic Joe Nathan makes me a little ill...