Thursday morning briefing – Is Joe Crede a real option now?

Posted on January 22nd, 2009 – 10:33 AM
By La Velle

Third baseman Joe Crede has arrived in Arizona and is set to work out for scouts sometime next week. The Twins are expected to be in attendance.

Why?

1. They have been in contact with Crede’s agent, Scott Boras.

2. Crede is willing to sign a one-year deal.

3. Crede, by all indications, is healthy.

Someone with knowledge of the situation told me that Crede thinks he’s finally licked the back problems that have limited him to 144 games over the previous two seasons. The main problem was a nerve issue in his back that was finally corrected with minor surgery after the season.

Crede’s back apparenty is fine – but he’s going to have to convince people in a hurry that he’s worth signing.

I will point out that one Boras client who was believed to be broken down but ended up producing was this man. The only thing that slowed him that year was a sports hernia.

The Giants reportedly have interest in Crede as well. The Rangers were linked to Crede earlier in the offseason but apparently will move Michael Young to third. Stay tuned on this one….

Eric Gagne update: The Twins have been swapping offers with Boras about reliever Eric Gagne too. Heard a couple days ago that things were heating up, then heard yesterday that things weren’t so hot. But there has been plenty of dialouge and it appears that Gagne remains on the Twins radar. So is Brando Lyon, but he might have a chance to close elsewhere.

Russ Springer??????: Seth Stohs, who offers prolific coverage of Twins prospects, has heard that the Twins are interested in Russ Springer. More power to Seth because I’ve checked and the Twins have shown interest.

But Springer doesn’t solve their problems. He’s put up nice numbers the past two seasons but he’s a seventh-inning, one-or-two-batter guy and the Twins need eighth inning help. That’s why I skipped his name on the list of relievers. Gagne appears to be a better option.

Reporter update: This might be the only post of the day. The Diamond Awards banquet is tonight and there’s a rehearsal this afternoon. If there’s major breaking news, Joe C. will handle it. That’s right, Joe C. is baaack!! 

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