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Rockies ink Joe Crede to a minor league contract

Jan 19, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

crede with white sox ring

Joe Crede is back in action.

After sitting out for all of the 2010 season in recovery from back surgery, the veteran third baseman inked a minor league contract on Wednesday afternoon with the Rockies.  This according to the club’s official Twitter feed.

The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Crede will attempt to land a spot on Colorado’s Opening Day roster.  It’s a longshot, but if he is truly rehabbed and can muster some decent power numbers in Cactus League play, maybe luck will be on his side.  After all, he’s only 32 years old.

Crede appeared in just 90 games in 2009 for the Twins, but he hit 15 home runs.  He played in only 97 games in 2008 for the White Sox, but he again showed good power with 17 home runs.  He was always pretty sharp defensively and could operate as a backup for injury-prone third baseman Ian Stewart out in Colorado.  Coors Field tends to be quite friendly to hitters attempting to rediscover their power stroke.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Those rings are badass. The black n white looks sweet on those.

  2. sosascork - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Checking out his stats on Baseball Reference.com:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/credejo01.shtml

    10 Seasons, decent 20/80/70.254 Hitter, 1 Mighty Nice Ring, and $16.2M in career earnings.
    … ain’t baseball grand!

  3. thatmntwinsgirl - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    I hope it works out for him. When he was healthy, I really enjoyed Crede as a Twin. He was a class act, and you could tell the Sox and their fans enjoyed him, too by the way they welcomed him back to the Cell when the Twins traveled to Chicago the first time in ’09: they played “All Out of Love” by Air Supply as he stepped into the batters box for the first time since he’d left, and then cheered him on as he rounded the bases after hitting a HR.

  4. spudchukar - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Getting a little crowded over there at 3B in Denver. Lopez, Stewart, Wiggington, and now Crede.

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