Joe Crede Hits Free Agency

The Rockies announced that Joe Crede, who had signed a minor league deal with Colorado, decided not to report to Spring Training (Twitter link). He has become a free agent again, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (on Twitter).

Crede, a Scott Boras client, missed the 2010 season after dealing with back, shoulder, forearm, leg, knee and hand injuries with the Twins in 2009. The former All-Star and Silver Slugger winner played strong defense (+21.6 UZR/150) and showed some power (15 homers in 367 plate appearances) with Minnesota. Crede has a .254/.304/.444 career line.

As MLBTR's Free Agent Tracker shows, Crede and Willy Aybar are the two third basemen remaining on the open market. 


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43 Comments on "Joe Crede Hits Free Agency"


Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

cue comment about how the rockies will push harder for Young…

4 years 5 months ago

I expect Cleveland to kick the tires and take a look.

Jeremiah Graves
4 years 5 months ago

Interesting…I guess the Marlins might look like a better option given their uncertainty at the hot corner down in Miami.

Colorado was overloaded with corner infield types anyway.

4 years 5 months ago

What is wrong with this guy? He has a mental injury as well?

Glove Affair
4 years 5 months ago

That’s about the only part of him that wasn’t listed as injured last year.

bigpat
4 years 5 months ago

I’m sure he’ll be on a major league team this season… It’s only a matter of time before he hangs it up, some people on here think he’s still an impact player though and it’s kind of baffling to me.

4 years 5 months ago

Could make sense for the Jays. Provide a potential stop gap at third until Lawrie is ready. At least it would push Bautista back into the outfield and prevent Podsednik or Rivera from being a starting option.

4 years 5 months ago

Came to post exactly this.

grownice
4 years 5 months ago

His career line is worse then rivera’s lol not sure its an upgrade regardless if it allows to put bautista back to rf.

Rick Garcia
4 years 5 months ago

i’d say at the very least it would be a defensive upgrade

Paul_Zuvella
4 years 5 months ago

I completely agree that he’d be a good addition, but his health wouldn’t allow for him to play third on a regular basis, so you would need a lefty hitting platoon partner (which the Jays are short on these days).

I also don’t see how they can get out from under Rivera and likely wouldn’t move Bautista to the outfield and further complicate the outfield picture unless they can find a home for Rivera. That said, its hard not to allow your new $10+m face of the team to play the position that they prefer….will be interesting to see what happens and what the final 25 man roster looks like heading into the season.

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t mind the Angels giving Crede a look. He may be done, but he also may be an improvement over anyone they have currently. Little risk for a guy that might help out.

DBacksFan1
4 years 5 months ago

wish the dbacks would give him a shot,he would be a decent backup for mora..or mora would be a decent backup for crede,i’d rather have mora/crede over blum/bloomquist/abreu.

Redbirds16
4 years 5 months ago

Odd no? to agree to a job then back out without something else lined up…

ejr
4 years 5 months ago

maybe he realized he wouldn’t have much playing time on a team with so many corner infielders. then again, he could have known that before signing with the Rockies…

[edit: changed released to realized]

4 years 5 months ago

Marlins?

ProfessorIronHorse
4 years 5 months ago

I am guessing he left the Rockies because he knew he had little chance of making the team. Considering that the Rockies also have Wiggington, Young, Herrera, and Lopez, its a fair assumption. He wants to go to a team where he has a better shot at making the big league roster. As VegasANGELSFan said earlier, the Angels would be a good fit, but I could also see the A’s making a move on Crede. After all, they did try to get Beltre.

Red_Line_9
4 years 5 months ago

It seems like a class move for Crede. He’s allowing for potentially younger players to see some spring training at bats in the Rockies camp. Maybe there’s a better chance for him to serve on a 25man roster somwhere…rather than eating up at bat in Colo. Springs.

Israel Piedra
4 years 5 months ago

cmon man he’s not doing it out of the goodness of his heart

$1742854
4 years 5 months ago

Joe, it’s time for you to retire.

55saveslives
4 years 5 months ago

Crede is done!

goredsgo
4 years 5 months ago

Normally I’d say “Too bad. He put up some nice years. If only he hadnt had all those injuries.” Be he chose to skip spring training so it’s his own fault

soxin10
4 years 5 months ago

Too bad teams cannot simply back out of a contract because they don’t feel like overpaying an underachiever. Seems only fair if the players can do it. just a thought.

baseballz
4 years 5 months ago

I think its obvious that he’s had another injury and if he reports to ST that it will get reported which would ruin any chance he has of playing this year. Best to sit out until the glue drys on whatever joint has become disconnected and then hope some team puts you on their 25 man later on in the season so he can collect the extra money while being on the 60day dl.

4 years 5 months ago

I was thinking he’d be a nice insurance policy for the oft injured David Freese

GoCubs10
4 years 5 months ago

i think creede is over rated…he is way out of his prime and is consistant…consistantly injured. he needs to retire and just give up cuz he cant preform a full season

JR_Tolls1
4 years 5 months ago

It is the new Odalis Perez!

soxin10
4 years 5 months ago

Good one, Didn’t he sign with the Nats a couple years ago and then decided it was not enough $$. Hasn’t played since