The Chicago White Sox have agreed in principal pending a physical to a three-year contract with right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain, a major league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPNChicago.com.
The deal is expected to be worth $13 million over three years, another major league source said.
Crain, one of the top setup men in the game in 2010, posted a 3.04 ERA and a 1-1 record in 71 appearance this past season.
The White Sox continue to surprise people with their offseason moves. One White Sox source said that the team's payroll was $119 million before the Crain move. That number is already $12 million higher than any payroll in team history.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.