Three trade targets - 2. C.J. Cron
Eventually, the Colorado Rockies have to learn from their mistake of not trading guys on expiring contracts so they can get some value out of their players if they aren't extending them, right? As was the case with Trevor Story, who was not traded despite having a high value and ultimately walked for nothing in free agency after the 2021 season concluded. As is the case now with C.J. Cron, who is set to earn 7.25MM in the second of a two-year deal he signed with Colorado.
If the Cubs want to add a right-handed first baseman to platoon with Matt Mervis, Cron may be one of the best options if the front office can pry the slugger away from Colorado. Let's face it; the Rockies are not a playoff-caliber team. After Cron just hit 29 homers while driving in 102, his value is immensely higher now than it will be at the trade deadline, where he will be one of the more sought-after bats presumably to be made available. The Cubs need to swoop in now. He is an automatic boost to Chicago's 2023 playoff chances.