11:59pm: Neal spoke to Boras, who had this to say regarding the timing of a possible Crede contract:
"I anticipate, the way things are going right now, that you might have a solution on where Joe is going. I can’t say a definite amount of time, but I think it’s a shorter than longer amount of time."
5:41pm: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News heard that the Giants don’t expect to sign Joe Crede. The club believes he’ll wind up with the Twins instead.
And for those of you scoffing about the low-budget Twins outbidding the Giants for a player, just remember this: The more the Giants spend now, the less wiggle room they’ll have at midseason — when they expect much better values to be had, writes Baggarly.
La Velle E. Neal III wrote Friday that the Twins face a substantial gap in contract talks with Crede. He’s still demanding $7MM guaranteed, plus nearly $4MM in incentives. Keep in mind that he’s a Scott Boras client.