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Joe Crede | Third Baseman

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/26/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 5 (0) / CWS

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Joe Crede has decided not to report to Rockies camp.
There's no word on the reasoning, but it's possible Crede, who signed a minor league deal last month, has just decided to retire. He sat out all of 2010 while recovering from back surgery and has had a multitude of back problems in his career. The 32-year-old would have competed for a bench spot. Thu, Feb 17, 2011 12:20:00 PM

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Rockies signed 3B Joe Crede to a minor league contract.

The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, where Crede will attempt to prove his health and land a spot as a utility infielder on the Rockies' Opening Day roster. He sat out for all of the 2010 season due to back surgery and played in only 234 games from 2007-2009. But he is only 32 years old and posted really good power numbers when healthy.
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 04:08:00 PM

Free agent Joe Crede is gearing for a comeback after sitting out 2010 following back surgery.

"He's healthy, ready to go and he's going to continue his career. He's ready to come back and play," agent Scott Boras said. A team in need of a cheap third baseman could do worse than to take a flier on Crede. He's a poor bet to stay healthy, but he could be an adequate regular at a bargain price.
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 12:12:00 AM

The Orioles have approached free agent Joe Crede as part of their ongoing search for a starting third baseman.

The O's signed Garrett Atkins this offseason but would rather stick him at first base. "Crede is an option, but in our view, he's not the only option," said Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. "We've primarily talked to free-agent [third basemen]. We're not completely out of the trade business, and we're still also very much involved in the first base market as well." They're even exploring a possible reunion with Miguel Tejada.
Tue, Jan 19, 2010 09:08:00 AM

General manager Bill Smith said that Joe Crede is interested in returning to the Twins next season.

"His agent [Scott Boras] called shortly after the season and expressed [Crede's] interest in playing here," said Smith. "We're going to look at all options including Joe Crede and the young guys that we have. We'll try to make the best decision moving forward." Danny Valencia isn't quite ready for the majors, so if Smith exhausts the available free agent and trade options, a one-year incentive-laden contract for Crede might not be the worst thing.
Thu, Nov 19, 2009 10:34:00 AM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins may bring Joe Crede back this winter despite a disappointing 2009 season.

Crede was hampered by back issues throughout the season and only played 90 games. On top of that, he hit just .225/.289/.414 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. But his agent, Scott Boras, is pitching the 31-year-old as a stopgap to the Twins' up-and-coming infield prospects. "The great thing about Joe is you're hiring on a one-year contract," Boras said Thursday. "It's not often you're going to get that level of a player to sign for one year."
Fri, Nov 13, 2009 09:19:00 AM

Jon Heyman of writes that the Orioles are considering Joe Crede to play third base.

Crede, 31, batted .225/.289/.414 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 90 games with the Twins this season. He recently underwent his third back procedure since 2007, and hasn't played a full season since 2006 with the White Sox. Crede insists that he will be ready for the start of spring training, but he probably won't do much better than an incentive-laden deal.
Thu, Nov 12, 2009 02:23:00 PM

Joe Crede has been pleased with his recovery from another back surgery.

Crede underwent the surgery about two weeks ago. It's the third back procedure he's had since 2007. "It seems like this time, the recovery is a lot faster," he said. "I feel great right now compared to where I was last year. I'm so much further ahead, moving around a lot better." The free agent is expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training.
Mon, Oct 12, 2009 09:47:00 AM

Joe Crede (back) has been shut down for the rest of the season.

Crede, 31, is scheduled to undergo back surgery next week in Dallas. He'll finish the 2009 season with a .229/.293/.421 batting line, 15 homers and 48 RBI in 328 at-bats. The impending free agent may have a tough time convincing teams he's healthy this winter.
Sun, Sep 20, 2009 12:52:00 PM

Manager Ron Gardenhire says he does not expect Joe Crede (back) to play the remainder of the year.

Crede was just activated from the disabled list and received a golden sombrero Sunday. "He couldn't swing the way he wants to swing. He tried. It's just not going to work out," said Gardenhire. Assuming Crede is finished he ends his season with a .229/.293/.421 line with 15 homers and 48 RBI in 328 at-bats this season and what looks to be a long offseason for him looking for a job.
Mon, Sep 14, 2009 10:06:00 PM

Twins activated third baseman Joe Crede from the 15-day disabled list.

Crede has been sidelined since August 28 with a lower back strain. He returns to a .229/.293/.421 line with 15 homers and 48 RBI in 328 at-bats this season. He'll be available off the bench during Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, but will look for a strong finish considering that he is an impending free-agent.
Tue, Sep 8, 2009 05:22:00 PM

Joe Crede (back) took batting practice and participated in infield drills Monday afternoon without pain or discomfort.

"Crede says he feels great, as good as he's going to get," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Monday's workout. Look for the third baseman to be activated by the end of the week.
Mon, Sep 7, 2009 08:31:00 PM

Joe Crede said Monday that he has "no plans of retiring" and doesn't know how such rumors got started.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported over the weekend that Crede was considering hanging up his cleats after the '09 season due to chronic back issues. "I don't know where they based that off of," the 31-year-old third baseman said Monday. "I know I have more years in me left. I still love the game. ... I have no plans of retiring."
Mon, Aug 31, 2009 06:05:00 PM

According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, Twins third baseman Joe Crede may retire after this season.

Crede has been hampered by back issues for the past two years and was placed on the disabled list Friday. He's a free agent after this season, so he wouldn't be inconveniencing anyone by hanging up the cleats. The 31-year-old third baseman is batting .229 on the year with 15 homers and 48 RBI in 88 games. He's a .254/.304/.444 career hitter.
Sat, Aug 29, 2009 07:47:00 PM

Twins placed third baseman Joe Crede on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 22, with a lower back strain.

Crede was given an epidural Wednesday, but it didn't do the trick. He is batting .229 with 15 homers and 48 RBI over 88 games this season and shouldn't miss more than two weeks.
Fri, Aug 28, 2009 11:39:00 PM

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