Trade rumors: 7 teams that could target Colorado Rockies 1B C.J. Cron

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the top of the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the top of the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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C.J. Cron, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Guardians
DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 19: C.J. Cron #25 of the Colorado Rockies runs to first base after hitting a RBI single against the San Diego Padres in the fifth inning at Coors Field on June 19, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Brewers

At first base, the Milwaukee Brewers have been very good offensively. Rowdy Tellez has hit .240/.313/.483 with a 120 OPS+. However, he has been the worst defensive player on the team as he has -5 DRS.

If the Brewers traded for C.J. Cron, Cron could become the first baseman and Tellez would be their DH.

The DH spot has been about league average for them but their primary DH has been Andrew McCutchen, who still could play in the outfield. He’s hitting .257/.322/.383 with a 98 wRC+ on the season.

Currently, right fielder Hunter Renfroe is on the injured list and he’s their best defensive outfielder and, in 2022, he has been their best offensive outfielder.

The problem with acquiring Cron would be that when Renfroe comes back, the Brewers would have Christian Yelich, Renfroe, and McCutchen as their best hitting outfielders. Combined, the trio have played zero games in center field this year. Their primary center fielder, Tyrone Taylor, hasn’t been awful at the plate but he hasn’t been great either (92 wRC+).

C.J. Cron could help out a lot of teams for their playoff push this season and even next year but the Rockies have to realize that they are not as good as they think they are. They’ve had that thought process since 2019 and after four seasons, the Rockies have to read the writing on the wall and get as much as they can for Cron and others to be a contender in two or three years.

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