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

Twins agree to terms with 3B Joe Crede

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, CBSSports.com 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."

Category: MLB
Posted on: September 25, 2008 9:39 pm

No squirrels involved

MINNEAPOLIS -- You don't hear the term nearly as often as you do the phrase "stretch-run" or "pennant race", but baseball men for years have had a fond way of describing the pressure in these final days of the season.

"It's nut-cutting time," Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said in the anxious moments before Thursday's near do-or-die series finale here with the Twins.

And it was the White Sox's whose were on the chopping block as they looked to avoid a sweep and allowing the Twins to move past them into first place in the AL Central.

"These games mean more," Williams was saying. "You've got to play better. We controlled our destiny when we came to Minnesota. If we fool around and don't win tonight's game, we don't control our own destiny.

"There's no need to dissect it anymore."

What was on the line for the White Sox, trying to hang onto first base, was clear.

"It would be a shame, with all the things we've had to go through, the criticisms and doubts, Scott Linebrink going down, Carlos Quentin, Joe Crede, all those things ... it would be a shame to walk in here in control of our own destiny and not close it out.

"The fact of the matter is, you've got to do it on the field."

Likes: Stat of the day, computed by crack Yankees beat man Ed Price of the Newark Star-Ledger: Carl Pavano threw what surely was his last game as a "Yankee" in Toronto on Thursday night (note, very far away from the playoff race) and at the expiration of his $39.95 million deal, it essentially paid Pavano $1,536,538.46 per start (26), $4,438,888.89 per win (9), $274,256.29 per inning (145 2/3) and $17,606.88 per pitch (2,269). ... Adele's Frozen Custard in Excelsior, Minn. Wonderful little small-town place. I had the Mudd Pie and Orange Creamsicle on Thursday.

Dislikes: Rain, rain go away on the East Coast. We certainly don't need postponements stacking up. ... Cell phone batteries. Do any of them last as long as they tell you they will?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"The whole damn town was sleeping
"Dreaming the same dream
"The radio was playing
"Roger McGuinn singing
"'To each and every thing there's a time and a season'"

-- Uncle Tupelo, Train

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