By La Velle
The Twins have announced that they have reached agreement with third baseman Joe Crede’s on a year=year contract
Another source with knowledge of negotiations called Joe Christensen with even more details.
The Twins will sign Crede to one-year deal with a base salary of $2.5 million with the chance to earn as much as $7 million with appearance bonuses. The bonuses begin once Crede reaches 250 plate appearances and tops out at $7 million when he makes his 525th plate appearance.
Crede, while traveling to Fort Myers, has run into weather problems – in Minnesota. The Twins had scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference but that now has been pushed back until they learn when Crede will arrive in town.
Joe C. is the man! He’s producing all the way from the Twin Cities!
This a is very, very good deal for the Twins. A $7 million base salary seemed too high. A $5 million base seemed reasonable. But a $2.5 million base really helps the Twins out from a risk standpoint. If Crede is healthy, he should play like a $7 million player. If he breaks down, the Twins have a good Plan B in Brian Busher and Bredan Harris. And there’s money available to add move talent – perhaps a free agent reliever like Juan Cruz.
This also means the Twins will have to make another 40-man roster move to clear space for Crede. Update: To make room for Crede, the Twins have placed injured righthander Pat Neshek on the 60-day disabled list. Neshek will miss the entire 2009 season because of Tommy John surgery.
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Juan Cruz update; Reliever Juan Cruz is now drawing interest from a few other teams. Indications are that Cruz and his agent will try to get a deal agreed upon in the next few days because up to another 48 hours would be needed for the team and the D-Backs to work out a trade.