The Yankees are in the market for a third baseman and Brian Cashman is already hard at work trying to fill that giant hole. Last week the rumors were centered around Adrian Beltre, this week it's Joe Crede. The rumor mill has Johnny Damon going to the White Sox for Joe Crede. Damon is under contract through 2009 at $13 million per season. Crede will become a free agent after the 2008 season and he currently makes $4.94 million per season. If that deal did take place, the Yankees would probably need to send some cash the White Sox way. If the rumors are true, it's a deal Cashman should not hesitate to make. Crede gives the Yankees a gold glove caliber third baseman and clears up some of that log jam in the outfield and DH. It also gets most, if not all of Damon's contract off the books. But the real reason I like the trade is because Crede's numbers resemble those of a Yankee fan favorite from the not so distant past.
Here's a look at their career numbers:
Scott Brosius - .257 BA .323 OBP .422 SLG 141 HR's (11 Seasons) 531 RBI .956 career F% at 3B
Joe Crede - .259 BA .305 OBP .446 SLG 108 HR's (8 Seasons) 367 RBI .968 career F% at 3B
Crede has more power then Brosius and has a slightly better glove, but overall their numbers are pretty similar. In the four seasons where Crede posted over 400 at bats, he averaged 23 homeruns per season. In those same four seasons Crede averaged 11.5 errors per season at third base. In the six seasons that Brosius posted over 400 at bats, he averaged 16 homeruns per season and 14 errors per season. Crede will turn 30 at the start of the 2008 season, Scott Brosius was 31 when he joined the Yankees. Brosius replaced Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, Crede would be replacing future Hall of Famer Alex Rodriguez. Scott Brosius also enjoyed his best seasons in the major leagues as a Yankee. Let's hope that if this trade does come to fruition Joe Crede can say the same.