The Boston Red Sox could trade for C.J. Cron
The Boston Red Sox are in the thick of the playoff hunt since they are 30-13 since May 13. At the beginning of May, they were in last place in the AL East but now, they are in second place and have the first AL Wild Card spot.
Despite how well the team has played, first base has been a big weakness for the team.
Overall on the season, their first basemen have an 81 wRC+, which is 27th in the sport.
Their primary first baseman is Bobby Dalbec (a Denver native) but he has only hit .205/.285/.326 with a wRC+ of 73.
The Red Sox are waiting on their #2 prospect Triston Casas (#14 overall prospect, according to MLB.com) to take the reigns at first and he could here soon since he is in Triple-A but he’s been on the IL with an ankle injury for over a month.
With Cron, they’d be able to address their first base right away and if they think that Casas is ready to be the everyday first baseman next season, they could trade Cron and get some prospects themselves.
The Houston Astros could look to trade for C.J. Cron
Entering the season, the Houston Astros did not need a first baseman and for good reason. Yuli Gurriel won the American League batting title as he hit .319 and he also had 15 homers, 81 RBI, and he won a Gold Glove Award.
But he has regressed a lot in 2022. He is hitting just .225/.279/.393 with a wRC+ of 93. Defensively, he has regressed too as he has -2 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) after he had 5 DRS in 2022.
Overall, Houston’s first basemen have an 80 wRC+, which is second-worst in baseball.
Cron has obviously been better offensively but defensively, he has 4 DRS, which is the third-highest among first basemen in baseball.