The rumors of Joe Crede’s demise were greatly exaggerated. With many people writing him off after a poor spring, the White Sox third baseman jumped out to a .393/.419/.679 start in 28 ABs. That marks less than five percent of the season, but it’s a start. South Side Sox is both supporting and doubting the early returns.
Understandably, Crede is leaving the trade and contract details in the hands of his agent, Scott Boras. He’s earning $5.1MM this year, his last before free agency. The hot corner free agent market is looking bleak next winter, and Crede might be the best available. No one’s expecting the Sox to extend Crede, but Kenny Williams has surprised us many times before.
The usual suspects remain the most likely suitors – the Dodgers and Giants. There’s been nothing cooking on the Crede trade front recently with those clubs, though.