Crede as a Twin! I have heard it is a one-year deal worth 5.5 million with lots of incentives for being in the All-Star game, at-bats, and playoff/postseason awards.
I will have to admit that I was intentionally trying not to get excited about signing Crede. The Twins are not known for getting someone who looks good on paper for the next year. Most of their signing are "I hope this guy gets back into his form of 2 or 3 years ago" or "This guy is a real inning easter." This is a great signing for the Twins. A right handed bat with power AND good above average (at least) defense. The defense over there would have been worth 2 wins by itself last year and a place in the playoffs.
It must be noted that it will only be a little uptick in the RBI category over last year. But, I believe that would have taken a major nosedive this year because the RISP of the Twins was out of this world last year and 3B seems like a likely place where they would come back to earth.
Note: My birthday is July 16th and I will make sure I am in Arlington for 2 of your 3 game set the 2 days after my birthday. That will be my birthday present to me this year. YAHOO