Red Sox Sign CJ Cron

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A 34 year old 1B/DH coming off the worst season of his career (87 OPS+, -0.5 WAR) and a season in which his numbers dropped precipitously from 2022.

I hope they didn't pay too much for him.

EDIT: I see it's a minor league deal. That's fine.
 

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CJ Cron is the all-time MLB leader in HRs hit for players born on January 5.
 

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Fine as a Dalbec alternative for the backup 1B. For a second I thought it was major league and was sweating.
 

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It's fine but no positional versatility really limits his usefulness. I suppose if he shows he can hit they can get him DH at bats and mix Yoshida back into LF.
 

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This is probably it for adding position players, then, right? Unless there’s a major injury or surprise trade.
 

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God this offseason underwhelming with all these lottery ticket signings.
This in a vacuum is a fine addition, it's just pretty disappointing that the addition is someone expected to compete with Bobby Dalbec.
 

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Couple years late, but can't really argue with a minor league contract that might bolster the Worcester lineup for a month or so.
 

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Couple years late, but can't really argue with a minor league contract that might bolster the Worcester lineup for a month or so.
Bobby Dalbec would need to bat .500 this spring to even have a remote chance of being on the team over Cron.
 

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He was dealing with an injury the entire season. Which to your point, could be a function of age or it could be something that he can bounce back from.
Well 34 year olds are notoriously quick to recover from a bad back...

There's no real problem with the signing since it's a minor league deal, and Breslow is smartly not counting on Cron for much of anything. I'm just....whelmed. It certainly doesn't move the needle for 2024.
 

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Bobby Dalbec would need to bat .500 this spring to even have a remote chance of being on the team over Cron.
Would he? Dalbec can play 3B and OF, and even 2B/SS in a pinch. I say that as someone who would be horrified if Dalbec made the roster.

This is why I realy wanted Turner.
 

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Couple years late, but can't really argue with a minor league contract that might bolster the Worcester lineup for a month or so.
Maybe he's just a Crash Davis type for the Mayers and Anthony's of the future world.
 

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I can envision a scenario where neither of them break camp on the big league roster.
If CJ Cron looks totally horrific you are probably right.

However, they don't currently have a back up first baseman and their DH is a left handed hitter who can also play LF. He had a 125 wRC+ in 2021 and 101 in 2022. I doubt he fails make the team.

Just so people understand, the only right handed hitters on this team to post a season with a wRC+ over 100 (meaning above average) between the last 2 seasons: Vaughn Grissom and Rob Refsnyder

It's a terrifying right handed hitting group with error bars at every position. It's really bad.
 

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Assuming that scenario involves a trade or another signing?

I like this signing; they needed another guy that can play 1b, and I suspect he likely makes the team.
That would be one scenario, but not the only one. I've laid this out previously. They don't need to have a dedicated back-up 1B on the 26-man roster full time. Not when you have a starting 1B you expect to play 150+ games. They could be okay "making do" with Reyes or Refsnyder getting a day at 1B when Casas needs a blow. Having the depth in Worcester to protect against a Casas injury is important. Having it on the bench every day isn't, particularly if it's a guy like Cron who plays nowhere else on the diamond and can't be optioned if the roster spot is needed for something else.
 

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That would be one scenario, but not the only one. I've laid this out previously. They don't need to have a dedicated back-up 1B on the 26-man roster full time. Not when you have a starting 1B you expect to play 150+ games. They could be okay "making do" with Reyes or Refsnyder getting a day at 1B when Casas needs a blow. Having the depth in Worcester to protect against a Casas injury is important. Having it on the bench every day isn't, particularly if it's a guy like Cron who plays nowhere else on the diamond and can't be optioned if the roster spot is needed for something else.
So assuming your bench would be Reyes, McGuire, Refsnyder, and Rafaela? I’d imagine they’d want Rafaela playing every day and not a backup / utility player in Boston, but I guess that’s possible.
 

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So assuming your bench would be Reyes, McGuire, Refsnyder, and Rafaela? I’d imagine they’d want Rafaela playing every day and not a backup / utility player in Boston, but I guess that’s possible.
Reyes, McGuire, Refsnyder, and Valdez, actually. I'd like to have at least one middle infield option hitting from the left side, in spite of how LHH-heavy the roster is elsewhere.
 

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Don’t get it but only ml deal

If he takes Dalbec’s spot, I will probably get thrown out of Fenway for booing every pitch thrown to him
 

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During his last year with the Angels, CJ Cron broke his bat during spring training BP and handed it to my son, so I'll be rooting for him.

Edit: my son informs me that I have confused CJ Cron with Justin Bour, so CJ Cron is now dead to me.
 

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In July of 2016, my family and I made a pilgrimage to Fenway to finally see the Redsox. They were playing the Angels. We were so excited. Buchholz got the start, and the Sox lost, 21-2. CJ Cron, starting at first base, came into the game hitting something like .120. I'm pretty sure he went 6-6 with two dingers.