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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.
Ryno23 wrote:Soxcess11 wrote:unless Joe Crede gets traded within the next 3 days, Josh Fields will be optioned to AAA Charlotte.
News: The White Sox optioned 3B Josh Fields to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned 2B Jason Bourgeois, RHP D.J. Carrasco and C Paul Phillips to minor league camp.
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?
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