CHICAGO -- Any lingering doubts concerning Joe Crede having a chance to play third base for the White Sox beyond the 2008 season were erased by comments coming from chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Friday afternoon.
"Oh, sure," said Reinsdorf, when asked if Crede could be part of the White Sox after this year. Reinsdorf was the special guest on ESPN 1000's "Lunch with a Legend" program, hosted monthly by Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman at Morton's in Chicago.
"But I think both sides have agreed we'll wait until the end of the year and then we'll talk," Reinsdorf added.
Crede currently is playing under a one-year, $5.1 million deal in his last year before free agency. He entered Friday night's series opener against the Angels hitting .275 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs.
The veteran third baseman told MLB.com last week in Anaheim that his side would not be making an offer in season to the White Sox, furthering Reinsdorf's assertion that talks will wait until after the present campaign is complete. Crede did appreciate hearing how the man in charge considers him a possible part of the franchise in the future.
"Absolutely," Crede said. "Anytime you have an organization that gave you an opportunity to play in the big leagues, that gave you an opportunity to win the World Series ... there have been a lot of special moments in this uniform.
"Any time Jerry says things like he said, it's always a compliment. I would definitely love to play here after this year because of the fans and how great the city has been. This team is always in the playoff mix, and there's really no reason to go anywhere else."
Reinsdorf went on to mention how he had no problem speaking with Scott Boras, Crede's agent, and had spoken to Boras many times previously. Reinsdorf also pointed out that Boras doesn't like to sign his players before free agency, as he thinks he can maximize what they get that way.
"So he'll take Crede through free agency," Reinsdorf said. "He'll find out what's out there, what's in the marketplace and then we'll talk."
"I can't think they would allow one person to get in the way of negotiations," Crede added. "The bottom line is if they want me here, I'll be here. If they don't want me here, I won't be here. I truly believe that and will stick behind that all the way through the process."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.