That’s the million dollar question in Chicago as Crede had a career season. He hit .283 with 76 runs scored, 30 homers, 94 RBIs and a .828 OPS. He had not shown the ability to put numbers up like that in his first three full seasons for the White Sox. So, was it a fluke or is he for real? I just have a feeling that he will have a hard time repeating last season. His back is still giving him problems and he really didn’t do anything to correct the situation so it could go at anytime. He does have excellent range and he only made 10 errors last season which is great for a third baseman.
Alex Cintron will be the most likely back up at third base but he had problems there on defense as he made 3 errors in only 63 innings. Pablo Ozuna played 65 innings there and didn’t make an error, but he didn’t show much range at all. Rob Mackowiak also can play third in a pinch.
24 year old Josh Fields could be the future at third base for the White Sox as he had a solid season in AAA. He hit .305 with 85 runs scored, 19 homers, 70 RBIs, 28 steals and a .894 OPS. He came up an played 11 games in September for the Sox and hit .150 in 20 at bats with his first major league homer.