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Twins decide to split with Crede

Missouri native Joe Crede could be available to help the Cardinals shore up their third base situation.

Word out of Minnesota is that the Twins won't try to re-sign Crede, not only making him more readily available, but probably lowering his price tag as his best option for a contract has gone away.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the reason the Twinkees are so willing to let the slick fielding Crede go is because he has chronic back problems and generally has a hard time staying in shape to play.

Crede only managed to get into 90 games last season, 97 in 2008 with the White Sox and 47 in 2007.

In 2006, Crede hit .283 with 30 homers and 94 ribbies in 2006 with Chicago. But since then his best season was a .248 year with 17 homers in 2008.

Still, if the Cardinals can get him on the cheap, Crede might be a nice gamble. If he's healthy, he could be a great bat for the six or seventh place in the batting order.