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Friday, November 28, 2008

Crede Could Help

Last spring, while the Giants were searching for 3rd basemen and before they landed Jose Castillo, there was strong speculation that Joe Crede would get traded to the Giants at some point. It never transpired and Crede went on to have a big first half before getting hurt and missing most of the second half of the '08 season. Now, roughly nine months later, Crede is a free agent and could probably be had on the cheap as he's trying to prove that his back injuries are a thing of the past. Due to the thin market at third base, and that being one of the Giants biggest holes, I actually would take a long look at Crede. Again, he's coming off an injury (a back one at that), so he's not going to be able to command a multi-year deal and is likely going to have to settle for a mediocre base contract with incentives until he plays 140 games in a season. He is a Boras client, so negotiating won't be easy, but I don't see teams lining up to sign him so a 1 year deal is looking more and more likely. Last year, Crede hit .252 with 16 home runs and had 52 RBI before the all-star break, but then got injured and only played in a handful of games over the second half. Those are basically Adam Dunn numbers if you project it out to 150 games and Crede won't cost a them 14 mill a year over 5-6 years like Dunn will. Not to mention, Crede actually has a position that he's above average at. Crede isn't a great player by any stretch, but if he's healthy, he'll play a solid 3rd base and produce runs on offense. Why not give him a one-year deal to see if he can stay healthy? They could come out with a starting 3rd basemen for a few years.

It looks like Rafael Furcal is drifting further out of the Giants' reach. Furcal was in Oakland just before Thanksgiving and apparently loved it. I still think the Giants could end up with Rafy, but I'd say there's %60 chance he signs with Oakland. If that happens, I really hope the Giants don't panic and overpay for Renteria. I'd rather see them give a one year deal to someone like Felipe Lopez than throw big money into Renteria. Lopez has actually been good with the bat in 3 of the last 4 seasons, and would provide and offensive upgrade over Omar Vizquel and Emmanuel Burris. The 28 year-old middle infielder can steal a base when needed even though he has room to improve defensively. Bringing Lopez aboard as a utility guy would be a nice add as he can fill in all over the infield besides first. Lopez has been overlooked a bit in this free-agent ss/2b class as he could be a potential bargain for any team willing to take a flier on him.

I also wanted to mention the "Mark Teahen to the Cubs" rumors that have been going on just because I can't understand why the Giants wouldn't have inquired about this guy. The Cubs have offered Sean Marshal (a nice reliever/spot starter) and Mark Fontenot (a utility guys) who are decent players, but certainly not "must d0" deal for the Royals. Teahen isn't a game changer offensively at this point, but has upside and could play third base for this team for years to come (although he's been playing in the outfield in KC). The 27 year-old is a bay area native and bringing a player back to his roots always seems to work out well. The Giants should be able to compete with the Cubs offer if they wanted too without having to give up any premiere prospects.
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3 Comments:

  • At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Giant Fan Dan said…

    Crede really could help. Who else are the free agent third sackers? Casey Blake, Russel Branyon? Thanks but no thanks. Crede would be awesome. But I'd have to pass of Lopez. Don't really know why your so against Renteria, he's always been pretty good in the NL with the braves and caridnals.

     
  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Dan-

    It's not that I dislike Renteria. I just think his best days are clearly behind him and he is basically a replica of Randy Winn, which is a nice player, but they don't really need another Winn in the lineup. Plus he's 33 and doesn't fit the plan of getting younger and more athletic. His defense is also slipping. That said, if they could get him for 2 years at 12 million bucks, then yes I'd rather do that than give Furcal a 4 year deal. But Renteria has people after him and isn't going to be very cheap. I just think that if your going to put money into one of them, Furcal has the higher upside and will probably be better than Renteria over the course of their next contracts. Just my opinion.

     
  • At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So, the ultimate question. Who wins a world championship next between the A's, Giants, Niners and Raiders?? I don't see any of them doing it in the next 4-5 years. Maybe the Giants just because of their great young pitching that will be joined by even more good pitching in a couple of years. Bay Area sports is in a rut right now. I'll say the Raiders though just because the NFL changes so much, and they have a good young qb and rb to build around.

     

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