Cron could draw trade interest at Winter Meetings

The Angels had never really received much outside interest in C.J. Cron, with other clubs questioning his defense and whether his bat would play in the big leagues, but the 2014 Winter Meetings could change that.

Right-handed power is as coveted as ever these days, as evidenced by contracts signed by the likes of Nelson Cruz, Hanley Ramirez and Yasmany Tomas. And Cron impressed some in his rookie season this year, hitting 11 homers while posting an .892 OPS with runners in scoring position and handling himself better than expected at first base.

The Angels have Cron penciled in as their designated hitter for next season, but could trade him in an effort to acquire a utility infielder, left-handed reliever or perhaps even a starting pitcher without greatly impacting their lineup.

The Marlins, Padres, A’s, Royals, Orioles, Phillies, Brewers, Rays, Cardinals and Pirates are among the teams seeking a right-handed power bat like Cron, who finished 2014 with a .256/.289/.450 slash line in the Majors but has a .290/.337/.494 slash line in his Minor League career.

— Alden Gonzalez

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