Angels deal C.J. Cron to Rays for player to be named

first_imgNow, the Angels are planning to have Albert Pujols play more first base, likely splitting the job with Valbuena. Barring injury, that didn’t leave much opportunity for Cron.Cron is also out of options, so the Angels would not have been able to send him to the minors. Had they kept him on the bench, they would have had three first basemen, and likely no utility middle infielder besides the starters. Expected to carry 13 pitchers, the Angels are facing the prospect of a three-man bench, which means versatility is important from the bench players.“With the construction of our roster and the personnel we have in place for this upcoming season, we have to place a premium on flexibility and maneuverability within our position player group,” General Manager Billy Eppler said. “C.J. has been nothing but professional and the consummate team player here. He cares about the game and his teammates. We wish him well as he embarks on the rest of his career.”In parts of four seasons with the Angels, Cron hit .262 with 59 homers and a .756 OPS. He hit exactly 16 homers in each of the past three seasons, even though he never had more than 407 at-bats.One of the knocks against Cron was his plate discipline. His career on-base percentage is just .307. He struck out a career-high 96 times last season. Eppler clearly stated at the end of last season that one of his primary goals was improving the team’s on-base percentage. TEMPE, Ariz. — After a couple years of moves that seemingly marginalized C.J. Cron’s role on the team, the Angels finally traded him on Saturday.The Angels dealt Cron to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named.Cron, 28, was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2011, and he had moved through the system looking like he might one day be a middle-of-the-order hitter.In January 2017, though, the Angels acquired Luis Valbuena, which seemingly left Cron with a lesser role. He ended up still playing 100 games in 2017 when both Valbuena and third baseman Yunel Escobar were hurt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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