White Sox FAs play waiting game

White Sox FAs play waiting game

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 01/14/2009 - 16:03
If you haven't noticed, there hasn't been much of a run on free agents this off-season. That's especially true with erstwhile White Sox players. Third baseman Joe Crede is still out there, as are shortstop Orlando Cabrera, center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., infielder Juan Uribe and catcher Toby Hall. Cabrera seemingly has the most value, but he is 34 years old and his selfish style of play with the Sox last season has likely hurt his value. In retrospect, Cabrera is probably kicking himself for declining salary arbitration from the White Sox after the 2008 season. Based on his $9 million salary from last year, Cabrera would have likely been bumped up to $10 million for a one-year deal. The Blue Jays and Marlins have shown some interest in Cabrera, but any team that signs the “Type A” free agent owes the Sox a high draft pick. According to his agent (Scott Boras), Crede is healthy and ready to go. For the likeable third baseman’s sake, here’s hoping that’s true. But Crede has missed significant chunks of the past two seasons with a serious back condition, so teams understandably hesitant. The Giants are a good fit, and Crede could rejoin ex-teammate and close friend Aaron Rowand in S.F. The Twins have also expressed an interest, but they’ve still got one more year to play in the Metrodome, and the turf in baseball’s worst stadium has always been murder on Crede’s back. In a perfect world, Griffey goes back to Seattle and retires with the Mariners. But the future Hall of Famer is 39 years old and he’s coming off a disappointing season. As for Uribe and Hall, there has been little or no interest. Uribe is a Gold Glove caliber fielder at three positions (second base, shortstop and third), but he’s one of the worst hitters in the game. Hall has not been the same since seriously injuring his right shoulder at the end of spring training in 2007.
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