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Rays complete Crain trade, send minor-league pair to White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays completed a trade with the White Sox for right-handed reliever Jesse Crain by sending right-handed pitcher Sean Bierman and infielder Ben Kline plus cash considerations to Chicago on Wednesday.

Bierman, a 10th-round pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Tampa, was 6-5 this summer in 18 games (14 starts) while splitting time between Class A teams Bowling Green and Charlotte.

Kline played for all three of the Rays’ Class A clubs — Hudson Valley, Bowling Green and Charlotte. He hit .246 with a .311 on-base percentage in 132 plate appearances.

Kline, a 32nd-round pick in 2012, played every position except center field and catcher during his two seasons in the Rays’ organization.

Crain, who was on the White Sox disabled list with a right shoulder strain when he joined the Rays on July 29, but did not pitch for Tampa Bay. He was activated and did warm up during a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sept. 23 but was not called upon to pitch.

Crain said his shoulder didn’t feel right the following day and was shut down for the rest of the season.

Crain, who will be a free agent this winter, said he hopes to re-sign with the Rays.

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