There are a number of things that MLB owners and MLBPA disagree upon for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). That’s why we are more than three months into the MLB lockout but one of the few things that the two sides have agreed upon is that there will be a universal designated hitter (DH) in the sport in 2022.
As a result, the Colorado Rockies and the other 14 National League teams will have to find someone to be their DH for the season. For the Rockies, though, that could be an issue.
The biggest issue for the team in 2021 was that they had a lot of poor offensive players. If they lose Trevor Story via free agency (which seems likely), they will have an even weaker offense than they did in 2021 without the DH (eight offensive players in a lineup), let alone with the DH (nine offensive players).
That’s why is imperative for the team to sign and/or trade for some offense when the lockout ends. But Rockies GM Bill Schmidt has said that they are unlikely to sign someone who will strictly be a DH.
However, as things currently stand, there are five Colorado Rockies players who will combine to be the DH for the vast majority of the time in 2022.
C.J. Cron could also see time as a DH for the Colorado Rockies
C.J. Cron was the best offensive player for the Colorado Rockies in 2021 as he hit .281/.375/.530 with 28 homers, 95 RBI, 31 doubles, and an OPS+ of 130.
Defensively, he is about league average but Cron was tied for the most games as a DH for the team in 2021 (tied with Connor Joe for three games). Cron isn’t versatile as first base is his only defensive position but they could give him a half-day off for a game or two off a week by DH’ing him.
Therefore, they could keep his bat in the lineup as well, a bat that they desperately need.