The Detroit Tigers brought in first baseman C.J. Cron for the 2020 season which would wind up being a 60-game sprint season this summer. After an injury cut things short for Cron, the Tigers opted not to bring back the infielder.
This offseason, Cron caught on with the Colorado Rockies and was invited to Spring Training for the new organization. The Detroit Tigers on the other hand opted to bring in Renato Núñez who was cut but opted to be reassigned to the alternate training site.
However, the Tigers may have missed on an opportunity to give Cron a second chance. The Rockies capitalized on this and brought him in knowing that he will thrive in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Ultimately, Cron would be informed that he made the Rockies roster and he is likely going to excel greatly there. Cron’s ability to hit for power should allow him to add a couple of long balls to his stat line in 2021 as a part of the Rockies.
The Detroit Tigers missed out on bringing back C.J. Cron but he found a new home instead.
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The Colorado Rockies opted to give Cron a chance and the fact that he can hit for power means he will likely succeed at Coors Field.
Cron should be able to stick with the Rockies since he will be able to show some pop and drive the ball well in Coors Field.
In 2020, Cron played in only 13 games for the Tigers where he hit .190/.346/.548 where he hit four home runs and produced eight RBI.
While he heads over to Coors with the Rockies he should be able to settle in nicely as their started first baseman.
Cron should have been given a chance with the Tigers. While the organization has made it clear that they are going to trot out Miguel Cabrera over at first base more than expected in 2021 under new manager A.J. Hinch.
If the organization re-signed Cron they would have been able to see him settle in again in 2021 and be a starting first baseman. He would have been able to try and lock down a starting job, however, he did this for the Rockies rather than the Tigers.
The Tigers missed out on Cron and could have had a solid first baseman, but instead opted to let Cabrera and Niko Goodrum handle the duties over at first. As the 2021 season approaches, watch for Cron to put up some impressive power numbers in Colorado while the Tigers’ first baseman struggle.
Not signing C.J. Cron was not one of the Detroit Tigers’ biggest mistakes this offseason.