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Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

Posted on: February 21, 2009 11:38 am
Edited on: February 21, 2009 1:31 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins and free agent Joe Crede have agree to terms on a incentive-laden, one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million that could be worth as much as $7 million if the third baseman reaches certain levels of plate appearances, has learned.

The deal comes after weeks of talking and after the Twins -- and other major-league clubs -- watched Crede work out multiple times to assess the condition of his chronically bad back. Minnesota wasn't taking any chances. By the time he agreed to terms, Crede, sources say, passed three different physical examinations.

The move is designed to add pop to a lineup that ranked last in the American League in home runs in 2008. Only two Twins had 20 or more homers last season -- Justin Morneau (23) and Jason Kubel (20). Only three Twins even reached double digits in homers -- Morneau, Kubel and Delmon Young (10).

Crede, who will turn 31 on April 26, had 17 homers and 55 RBI last season while playing in only 97 games for the Chicago White Sox. He is three years removed from his career year, when he slugged 30 homers, collected 94 homers and batted .283 in 2006.

The deal is expected to be announced later Saturday, and Crede is expected to arrive in time for Sunday's workout.

"Man, he's been killing us for a long time," Minnesota's All-Star catcher, Joe Mauer, said Saturday morning while waiting for the news to become official. "It will be good to see him on our side. He's a great player. There are some guys in here who know him better than I do, and they say he's a class guy and a hard worker. I think he'll fit right in."

"If he stays healthy, he's one of the best third basemen in the American League, as far as I'm concerned," Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "In my opinion, he's definitely a Gold Glove-caliber third baseman. And he'll be able to provide som pop."

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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 4:58 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

You can't even mention Crede in the same breathe with those other two.  Bautista was a has-been when we signed him and Lamb was a never been. 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 3:24 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

2.5 mil seems like a lot for a guy with a gammy back.  Let's not forget, he had 20 errors in those 95 games last year, so let's not all gush over his defense.  Dunno, I don't wish him too well, since he's a Twin now, and this might end up being a good signing, but it probably won't.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 3:09 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

As a White Sox fan I am sorry to see Crede leave. He has always been a clutch hitter in the late innings and his defense speaks for itself. Here is one 3B that has definately been robbed of a Gold Glove. Good Luck Joe but I wish you had  signed outside our division. I know this will come back to haunt us

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 2:17 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

If Crede stays healthy all year, the Twins have the most solid defensive team in the American League. This team is definitely poise to turn heads this year and hopefully Crede's bat and fielding can help this team get over the hump. A third baseman has been the missing piece of this team since Corey Koskie left and now they are looking solid. The Twins are now my pick for the Central Division Pennant

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2009 1:43 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

funny how things turn out. I couldn't stand Rodman when he was with the Pistons, yet my Bulls pick him up and he's a key to another 3-peat in the 90's. I couldn't stand Crede when he was with the Sox. Nothing against him as a player or person. It was just that he seemed to kill the Twins every time they played each other. I agree though that if he comes out guns a blazin, we won't retain him next season.

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 1:38 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

Congrats to the Twins and their fans..Crede is a perfect fit for your team. He's team oriented, a gifted fielder and a clutch hitter. If you get 400 AB's out of him he will help your team immensely. That he stayed within the division is a very poor sight for the White Sox...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 1:22 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

This is good news for Twins fans.  Crede brings experience to a young Twins team, and should be a locker room leader, as well as a guy who can provide an offensive spark.  I can only hope that he remains healthy and that he can provide a lift to a team that he has played well against his entire career.  The one thing that I feel the Twins needed to address after last season was a quality third baseman who can not only play solid defense, but provide a good bat in the lower part of the lineup to complement Morneau and Mauer.  Welcome aboard Joe!

Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2009 1:17 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

I like this move! It gives us some power from the right side of the plate to go with a healthy Cuddyer. If we can snag Juan Cruz as well, it gives us a very solid team. Hopefully that would allow us to finally go with 11 pitchers instead of 12, giving Gardy more flexibility with the lineup. Bench could be: Harris, Buscher, Delmon/Gomez, and maybe Tolbert. Much better than previous year.

Also, I like our defense with Crede in there. We should be very good defensively, which will help our rotation out a lot.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2009 12:26 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

Only negative is that if he lights it up this season, he won't be back next.  That's the way my favorite ball clubs rolls...

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2009 12:18 pm

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

Obviously health is a huge concern here, but if he plays even decent, it's a great signing.  A RH power hitting, excellent fielding 3 bagger - just what the Dr ordered.  An excellent signing - we always have the backup plan with Buscher and Harris. 

If the Twins sign Cruz, it turns into a surprisingly nice offseason - Crede, Cruz and Ayala.

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