Where Could the Rockies’ C.J. Cron Finish the 2023 Season?

Where Could the Rockies’ C.J. Cron Finish the 2023 Season?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

There’s been talk of Colorado trading All-Star first baseman C.J. Cron since before the Aug. 1 deadline in 2022, and that is brewing again this year as the Rockies fall further out of home on CO sportsbooks.

Utilizing the trade rumor mill, BetColorado.com developed hypothetical odds of where Cron will land for the rest of the MLB season. 

The odds show he has the best chance of staying with the Rockies at 33.3%, but the Phillies rank high on the list with 16.7%. Philadelphia was a rumored destination in 2022, but he finished out the year in Colorado.

One reason why he might stick around again was time spent on the injured list from May 15 until June 27. He went on the IL with back spasms, and he hasn’t filled up the scorecard in the 11 games he played before the All-Star Game.

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C.J. Cron Next Team Odds

TeamPercentage ChanceOdds
Colorado Rockies33.3%+200
Philadelphia Phillies16.7%+500
Seattle Mariners12.5%+700
Boston Red Sox12.5%+700
San Diego Padres9.1%+1000
The Field15.9%+525
Odds provided by BetColorado.com and not available at Colorado sports betting apps.

 

Cron Lacking Power Since Return

Cron’s batting .306 (11 for 37) since his return, but he has just two extra-base hits — a homer and a double — and three RBIs. For the season, he’s hitting .244 with seven homers and 23 RBIs. The big problem this year is his on-base percentage taking a nosedive. It’s .286 at the All-Star break, after he posted a career-best .375 mark in 2021 and then .315 last year.

The slugger signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal after his breakthrough 2021 season with the Rockies when he hit a career-high .281 with 28 homers and 92 RBIs in 142 games. He showed he was worth the deal in 2022 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs.

Anaheim selected him in the first round out of Utah in 2011 and by 2014 he was in the Angels lineup at first base and designated hitter. He stayed four seasons, batting .262 with 59 homers and 213 RBIs, but was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason before 2018. He hit a career-best 30 homers that year, but was waived and bounced to Minnesota and Detroit before revitalizing his career in Colorado.

His average is about the same as it was in Anaheim at .265, but in two and half seasons, he already has topped what he did in four with the Angels with 64 homers and 217 RBIs. Hitting-friendly Colorado has helped him, but he still would be a solid bat for a team making a playoff push.

One more statistic that might make teams shy away is his dramatic drop in WAR (wins above replacement) this season. His career WAR received a boost to 12.5 the past two years with 3.3 and 2.1 in Colorado. So far this season, he’s at -0.3, which is the lowest in his career. He has the rest of the season to bring that up, but the current odds say he’ll do in a Rockies uniform.

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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