Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Decision: Jesse Crain Edition

Benedict Arnold, Judas Iscariot, Lebron James, and now Jesse Crain.
It might not be that extreme but Jesse Crain just made a whole lot of enemies throughout Twins Territory.  Instead of taking his talents to South Beach, his "Decision" is to take his talents to the Southside of Chicago.  Crain signed a three-year contract with one of the Twins most hated rivals, the Chicago White Sox.

Earlier in the day Crain saw fellow bullpen member Matt Guerrier start the mass exodus out of Minnesota.  Guerrier signed a lucrative contract for a relief pitcher, a 3-year $12 million contract, with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In an offseason where a lot of money is being tossed around both of these pitchers received top-of-the-line contracts for their role in relief innings.  Giving three year contracts to relief pitchers is something that some teams shy away from but this tandem was able to accomplish that on the free agent market.  Craig Calcaterra looks at the scary side of giving relief pitchers three-year contracts.

As a fan I hoped to see either one of these pitchers back with the Twins next season.  A veteran presence in the bullpen is something that the Twins will be searching for in the coming months.  Fans have gotten comfortable with the likes of Crain and Guerrier in the late innings of games.  There will be new faces out there to record those outs and that is something that fans will need to get acclimated to next season.

In the time that Crain spent with the Twins there was always talk that he would be the closer of the future.  That time never came for Crain in Minnesota.  He might get this opportunity with the White Sox next season.

I can only imagine the amount of boos that will come his way as he runs on the field for the first time at Target Field.  It will no doubt rival many of the boo-lashings that have been handed to AJ Pierzynksi in his time with the White Sox.  Having those two players as a possible battery combination at Target Field in the late innings of a pennant race will make many fans throat's sore.

As a free agent player Crain did what he had to do.  I'm sure his off season checklist included the following items:
1.  The chance to be a closer
2.  Play for a team that could contend
3.  A contract that was similar to or better than the other free agent relief pitchers.

Crain did what he had to but I will still be one of those fans booing until my throat is hoarse when the White Sox come to town.

I dislike your "Decision" Mr. Crain.


Ben said...

Crain was always so up and down (until those last 3 months this past season). So my feelings for him were always neutral. I will say this with a sheepish grin on my face, good luck Mr. Crain when you come into the game to face Mauer, Morneau and Young to close it out.

NoDak Twins Fan said...

Those were my thoughts too. Good luck closing out a game during September in the middle of our line-up. I was hoping Thome would be a part of that line-up too. He can hit a homerun from Target Field to the Metrodome and put another hole in the roof.

Guitarman said...

Good, no more Crain wrecks. Didn't he serve up 3 run homers late in the game against the Yankees 2 years running in the playoffs? It seemed to me, the more pressure he had on him, the more likely he was to choke. With the added pressure in Chicago, I can't see him thriving there either.