Today, the Minnesota Twins found Joe Mauer's replacement, claiming 1B C.J. Cron off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Less than a week ago, the Rays surprisingly DFA'd Cron, who in his first season in St. Petersburg, slugged out 30 home runs. It was a claim waiting to happen. And the Twins finally pounced. Cron will replace soon hall-of-famer Joe Mauer, who retired at the beginning of the offseason.
Cron, who will be 29 by the start of the season, had a batting average of .253, a .323 OBP, 30 home runs and 74 RBIs in 560 Plate Appearances in his career season, 2018 with the Rays. In his MLB career for the Rays and Los Angeles Angeles, Cron has a batting average of .260, an OBP of .311, 89 home runs and 287 RBIs in 2035 Plate Appearances.