News: Joe Crede might just take back his job as the White Sox's third baseman from promising replacement Josh Fields. Fields, though, is not ready to concede anything yet. He singled and scored a run Sunday against the Royals. "I'm trying not to think about (being demoted) right now, actually," Fields said. "I'm preparing to play in Chicago. Until they come to me and say, 'Hey, you are going back to Charlotte,' I'm not going to think about what if." Fields, who has a .268 spring average, has nine hits in his last 21 plate appearances after going 1-for-3 against the Royals. "I feel like I put myself in a good position and hopefully made the decision a little bit tougher," Fields said. "They have a tough decision to make. I think we are all waiting." Analysis: Fields hit .244 with 23 homers and 67 RBIs filling in for Crede, who had back surgery June 12. But Crede agreed to a one-year, $5.1 million deal in January and he has shown no ill-effects from the surgery even though he is hitting just .159 this spring. No doubt, the White Sox would like to start Fields, who appears ready for everyday at-bats in the majors. But they'll need to find a team willing to take Crede off their hands first. Looks like Fields is ticketed for the minors, at least to start out the season. He's still worth drafting for his power, but you should probably wait until the late rounds.
Mar 24 Fields is likely headed to Triple-A with the White Sox unable to trade Joe Crede, the Chicago Tribune reports. Recommendation: Crede has struggled for much of spring but his $5.1 million price tag makes it imperative that he's on the roster. If Fields gets off to a good start at Triple-A you can expect the Sox to test the trade waters for Crede again but it could be another season at Triple-A for Fields once again.
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This is stupid but still rational (strange thought, I know) for Chicago. You need to have Crede out there on the field proving that he can hit so that you can trade him in May or June. Then you bring Fields up and give him the job full-time.
At least, that's what I'm guessing Williams's reasoning is on this issue. Obviously in terms of team success it may be a bit better to have Fields in there instead of Crede (although I'm not sure--Fields doesn't really have that kind of 40 HR pop that he was pacing for last year, and he hits for terrible average).
BitterDodgerFan wrote:with owen's injury, why don't they put fields in LF? he played 21 games there last season... is it because they have too many OFs?
yeah, in the short term, they've already got Anderson and Quentin...granted, neither may have Fields' power potential, but both would be much better defensively. In the long term, Fields will be the 3B, since Crede won't be here after this year, and Fields' defense at 3B could use some practice, so i think they'd rather have him getting reps at 3B in the minors that forming some sort of platoon in the Of.
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