White Sox, third baseman Crede avoid arbitration

Updated: January 17, 2006, 1:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Third baseman Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000 and avoided salary arbitration.

Third Base
Chicago White Sox

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
132 22 62 54 .303 .252

The 27-year-old was third among AL third baseman with a .971 fielding percentage and fifth in home runs with a career-high 22 for the World Series champions last season. He batted .252 with 62 RBI in 129 games.

With Crede signed, the White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Crede was a key component during the postseason, hitting .289 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI as the White Sox won their first championship since 1917.

His ninth-inning double won Game 2 of the AL championship series against the Los Angeles Angels, and he hit a tying homer leading off the seventh inning in the fifth game of that series.

Crede can earn $200,000 in performance bonuses: $60,000 for 500 plate appearances and $70,000 each for 525 and 550.


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