Sunday, February 22, 2009

Twins sign Joe Crede to 1-year deal

The Minnesota Twins signed free agent 3B Joe Crede to a one-year contract yesterday that is worth $2.5 million. Provided Crede meets certain incentives, the deal could be worth up to $7 million.
"We've been thinking about this guy for a while, never knowing whether it was going to work out or not. But it finally has," [Twins manager Ron] Gardenhire said. "When his name was out there recommended, I said yeah, I would love to have this guy. Absolutely."
Last year, Crede was selected to the A.L. All-Star team, but only had 37 at bats after the All-Star break.

Crede finished 2008 with a .248 batting average, 17 homeruns and 55 RBIs.

In the past 2 years, he's played a total of 144 games. In 2006, Crede had the best year of his career (.283 BA, 30 HRs, 94 RBIs in 150 games).