Joe Crede decides he doesn’t want to play for the Rockies

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After sitting out all of last season following back surgery Joe Crede signed a minor-league deal with Colorado last month, but the veteran third baseman has decided not to show up at Rockies camp next week and is now a free agent again.

His agent, Scott Boras, previously said that Crede was “healthy and ready to go” and there’s no indication yet why he decided not to compete for a job with the Rockies, but the no-show may end whatever chance the oft-injured 32-year-old had of playing in the majors again.

Crede had a good first half for the Twins in 2009, but fell apart in the second half while missing all but 22 games with more back problems and eventually underwent his third operation in three years.