By Joe Christensen
Free agent third baseman Joe Crede looked good in Wednesday’s workout in Arizona, triggering some new contract offers, but none so far from the Twins, an insider told the Star Tribune today.
The Twins had Sean Johnson, their Western Scouting Supervisor, at the workout, but no word yet on how they graded Crede’s performance. Crede took 75 swings and fielded 50-60 ground balls.
Another team reportedly interested in Crede is the Giants. Like Eric Gagne, Crede is represented by Scott Boras.
Crede, 30, batted .248/.314/.460 in 97 games for the White Sox last season, with 17 home runs and 55 RBI. He had a herniated disk in his back in 2007, limiting him to 47 games, and basically the corrective surgery didn’t take.
So Crede had the procedure done again, and this time there is hope he can regain his All-Star form. Crede is believed to be seeking a one-year deal with a base salary above the $5.1 million he made last season, along with incentives.