White Sox, third baseman Crede avoid arbitration
Chicago White Sox
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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