Detroit Tigers: 3 players that should be re-signed on one-year deals

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Detroit Tigers, C.J. Cron
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C.J. Cron – First Baseman

As the Detroit Tigers signed Cron away from the Minnesota Twins during the offseason leading up to 2020, they should sign him back again this offseason. His prior deal was a one-year, $6.1 million contract, and even after missing most of the season due to injury, he should be brought back.

While Cron might keep Cabrera in the designated hitter spot on a daily basis and he may clog opportunities for some prospects, he was looking to be an intriguing player to watch as a possible “rental.” Cron played in just 13 games during the 2020 season before an injury shut him down.

In those thirteen games, Cron hit .190/.346/.548 with four home runs and eight RBI on the season. However, Cron’s average may scare some, but the power he had on display was exciting, and appeared he was settling into a groove.

It would have been fun to see how Cron’s 2020 season would have shaped out; bringing him back for the 2021 season seems like an acceptable move. He has been an exceptional veteran and is a good clubhouse voice to have while younger players are filtering in from the minor leagues.

Given that Cron was injured for so much of the 2020 season, he could be given a lesser amount on his one-year deal. They could almost offer Cron a chance to prove himself on a “prove-it” one-year contract; this is something that Avila needs to consider.