Joe Crede sat out the entire season following his third back surgery in three years, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that the veteran third baseman is “healthy, ready to go, and he’s going to continue his career … he’s ready to come back and play.”
Crede had a good first half for the Twins in 2009, posting a .750 OPS with excellent defense at third base, but he hit .198 in the second half and was limited to just 22 games due to various injuries.
His overall .225/.289/.414 line was hardly impressive and he missed 72 of 162 games, so it seems unlikely that Crede will have many offers to choose from after sitting out a year. Perhaps a minor-league deal with a chance to compete for a bench gig will work for the 33-year-old.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.