Joe Crede avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $5.15 million contract yesterday. Is this a move to keep Crede on the team or a move to trade him? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
This could be a good deal if Joe stays on the team and returns to form. The only bad thing about that scenario is the blocking of Josh Fields. Crede's defense is superb and his bat is a little lacking, but he comes through in the clutch. That's a stat that's not easily measured.
If Joe were to be traded, he could land a starting pitcher, a few bullpen arms, good prospects or, dare I say it, another stab at center field. One of the best combinations would probably be a true center fielder and a solid middle reliever.
I don't pretend to know what the Sox have in store for Joe Crede. If he stays, then his defense will be a wonderful asset but he'll be blocking Josh Fields' progress. If he goes, he will be sorely missed but the Sox may get a few decent players and Josh Fields can get a full season in at third base at the major league level.
All I know is that there are decisions still to be made before the season begins. Hopefully, they will be decisions that will right this ballclub. Whatever happens, I'll still be rooting for you Joe.