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Clarifying the status of Pena and Crede

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There seems to be some confusion among some of you.

Carlos Pena of the Devil Rays is NOT a free agent. He is arbitration eligible. While Scott Boras would love to get him signed to a multi-year deal, Tampa can go to arbitration with him and a one-year deal would be determined. Tampa is under no obligation to negotiate anything with him.

Joe Crede of the White Sox is in the same situation. The Yankees are unlikely to trade for him now. They would first wait until Dec. 12 to see if Chicago offers him a contract. If he is non-tendered, he becomes a free agent.

Beyond that, he is an infielder coming off back surgery. Obtaining him by any means is risky. Trading Johnny Damon for him would be lunacy in my opinion.

Some people just seem to pick names out of a hat (like Pena) and decide the Yankees should get those players. That’s not how it works.

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