This is not necessarily a suggestion for the Red Sox, but rather a question. The White Sox are close to out of contention in one of the weaker divisions in baseball, and have some valuable pieces to be had, Jesse Crain being one of them. Crain is finishing his last year of a 3 year deal, and with the White Sox out of contention he could be had. The price however, is up in the air considering he is having a Fernando Rodney 2012 kind of season without the saves (Crain's current ERA is 0.55).
Arguments for Crain:
1. He is proving to be successful in the bullpen with high strikeout totals.
2. He is cheap in comparison to Papelbon and only under contract for remainder of season.
3. Even with lack of experience could be viable option if you compare him to a guy like Jason Grili( who could be a poor comparison given the division Grili pitches in)
Arguments Against Crain:
1. Pitches in a weaker division, for a losing team(less pressure).
2. Only has 4 career saves.
3. His walk totals are historically low for his career.
He is not a product of a great BABIP since when pitching away hitters are hitting over .350 on BABIP, and at home just slightly over .250. This could be an indicator that Fenway would be a lousy fit, or it could mean he has been unlucky away from U.S. Cellular.
Let me know what your guys take would be on the acquisition of Jesse Crain to close.