As Major League Baseball continues its All-Star break, more trade rumors have surfaced of possible players on the move.
In addition to the pitchers discussed a few days ago, two other relievers have been linked to the Baltimore Orioles, Jesse Crain of the Chicago White Sox and Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins.
Crain was placed on the 15-day disabled list back on July 3 when the Orioles were facing the White Sox in Chi town. Crain is expected to resume pitching by the end of next week.
The White Sox are expected to be sellers as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Their current record of 37-55 puts them in the cellar of the American League Central, 14 games behind the division-leading Detroit Tigers.
Crain is a nine-year veteran who represented the White Sox in this year’s All-Star Game. In 36.2 innings he has a 0.74 ERA, allowing just three runs in relief. Crain averages more than one strikeout per inning in 2013, with 46 this year.
Another team expected to be dealing before the deadline is the Twins, who have won just two more games than the White Sox.
Perkins was also an All-Star this season and according to ESPN’s Jason Churchill could be an expensive investment for buyers. What makes Perkins so valuable besides being a left-handed reliever with a 0.81 WHIP is his contract. He is signed through 2015 and has an affordable option for 2016.
The O’s have likely connected to Perkins because they are in the market for pitching and nobody has been ruled out. But with Brian Mastuz and Troy Patton, two lefties already in the Oriole bullpen, the Orioles probably won’t want to give up the prospects necessary to get Perkins.
The MLB trade deadline is less than two weeks away; isportsweb.com will be updating regularly to cover all trades and rumors.