3 SF Giants Right-Handed Power Hitting Targets
3. C.J. Cron
The powerful first baseman C.J. Cron has spent his entire MLB career in the American League. He has put up solid power numbers throughout his career, most notably with the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins. There’s no denying his defensive limitations and he would only be a fit if the Giants knew the National League was adopting the universal DH in 2021. Still. he’s posted some impressive numbers.
In 2018 with the Rays he hit .253/.323/.493 with 30 home runs and 74 RBI. In 2019 with the Twins he hit .253/.311/.469 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI. He spent last season, however, with the Detroit Tigers, only appearing in 13 games before he had to have season-ending knee surgery. But in those 13 games he still had 4 homers and 8 RBI.
Cron was signed to a $6 million deal by the Tigers last year. But after the injury and in a particular difficult free-agent market, it’s easy to see Cron struggling to find high demand for his services. Almost entirely limited to first base and DH, he may be even more redundant than Gyorko compared to Flores, of course, that could all change if Solano or Flores are shopped in a trade for a starting pitcher.
In all, the SF Giants could always use powerful bats and guys who could take on full starter duties should someone get injured. These three players all fit the bill as powerful right-handed bats who could provide needed pop for the Giants if they want to contend with the Padres and Dodgers in a powerful NL West.