White Sox, third baseman Crede avoid arbitration

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.

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.