Cron will play the 2021 season in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Cron was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday after struggling over his first two seasons in the majors, and his rights were apparently sold to a club in Japan. While it's unclear what team he'll play for in the NPB, the 27-year-old will attempt to turn things around overseas in 2021.
Cron was released by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Cron was on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster in 2020, but he spent most of the season at the team's alternate training site after failing to record a hit in 17 at-bats. The 27-year-old will seek a new opportunity during the offseason after struggling over a limited sample in the majors over the last two years.
Cron was optioned to Arizona's alternate camp site Thursday.
Cron is 0-for-17 with one walk and seven strikeouts on the season, so he'll head to the team's satellite camp for the time being to clear his head and work out some kinks. Andy Young replaces him on the big-league roster.
Cron is not starting Wednesday against the Rockies.
Cron will head to the bench for the fourth straight game as Christian Walker gets the start at DH on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is 0-for-17 with a 1:7 BB:K through eight appearances this season.
Cron is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.
The 27-year-old started at designated hitter for the fourth time in six games Saturday, but he now finds himself on the bench for the third straight contest. The Diamondbacks continue to utilize a heavy rotation at designated hitter, with nine different players filling the spot. Cron remains hitless through 20 plate appearances this season.
Cron isn't starting Monday against the Rockies.
Cron had started five of the past seven games, but he remains hitless through 17 at-bats this season. Daulton Varsho will serve as the designated hitter Monday.
Cron started at designated hitter and went 0-for-3 in Saturday's 5-1 loss to San Francisco.
Cron was called up last week to help address a serious power glut -- Arizona has not homered in 14 of 27 games. That's 52 percent of the schedule without a home run, up from 31 percent in 2019. It's not fair to expect Cron, who is 0-for-11 since his return to the majors, to solve this dilemma. Players like Ketel Marte, Christian Walker and Eduardo Escobar, a trio that combined for 96 home runs in 2019, have just five in 27 games.
Cron started at designated hitter and went 0-for-3 in Monday's 4-3 win over Oakland.
The Diamondbacks recalled Cron from the alternate camp Monday, citing a need for his power. There is an opportunity for Cron to be the primary DH, a position that had originally been handed to Jake Lamb. Cron, who hit 44 home runs between Triple-A and the majors last season, is hitless with four strikeouts in seven at-bats in 2020.
Cron was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Cron started just one of the first six games of the season after making the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster, but he'll rejoin the team after Andy Young was optioned to alternate camp Monday. The 27-year-old should continue to serve mainly as infield depth while he's on the 28-man roster. However, he's starting Monday's game against the Athletics, batting eighth as the designated hitter.
Cron was optioned to the Diamondbacks' alternate training site Thursday.
Cron made just one start over Arizona's first six games this season and went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. He'll get the chance to continue developing at the alternate training site after catcher Daulton Varsho was added to the 30-man roster Thursday.
Cron started at designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 4-3 win over San Diego.
Cron stepped into the DH role as Christian Walker was given the day off. He's part of the group that includes Walker and Jake Lamb that will share time at first base and DH.
Cron (hamstring) made his season debut Saturday, entering as a pinch hitter and striking out for catcher Stephen Vogt in the seventh inning of a 5-1 loss to San Diego.
Cron was hobbled by the hamstring issue over the final week of summer camp, but his appearance Saturday indicates the injury is no longer a concern. Cron is third on the depth chart at first base and will also get at-bats as a designated hitter.
Cron (hamstring) took multiple at-bats while the Diamondbacks worked out in Anaheim on Tuesday in preparation for Friday's opener in San Diego, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Cron traveled with the team for its two-game exhibition series against the Dodgers, but he did not participate in either game. He will be ready to play in Friday's opener against the Padres. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Cron's teammate and starting first baseman, Christian Walker (groin), will join the team in San Diego, but it's not yet known if Walker will be available to work in the field.
Cron (hamstring) traveled to Los Angeles on Sunday for the Diamondbacks' two-game exhibition set against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Cron did not play Sunday and is not expected to play Monday against the Dodgers, but he could see action Tuesday when the Diamonbacks play an intrasquad game in Anaheim. His presence on the trip is a good sign that he'll be ready for the season-opener Friday in San Diego.
Cron (hamstring) took three at-bats Saturday against live pitching but was not allowed to run the bases, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Cron has battled a sore hamstring since Wednesday, which makes his status for Opening Day unclear. Both Cron and Christian Walker (groin) are in the same position entering the final week before the regular season kicks off July 24 in San Diego.
Cron (hamstring) is expected to swing a bat Friday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
The Diamondbacks have a pair of first baseman dealing with injury. Along with Cron, starter Christian Walker (groin) is hoping to get back into action this weekend. Neither injury sounds serious.
Cron is considered day-to-day with a sore left hamstring, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
The injury appears minor since the 27-year-old is considered day-to-day, but the specifics of the issue remain unclear. Cron figures to benefit from the implementation of the universal DH this season, though he now has just over a week to move past the hamstring injury before Opening Day.
Cron was added to the Diamondbacks' 60-man player pool.
Cron will be among the players the Diamondbacks can call upon in 2020. With the designated hitter coming to the National League, there's a natural landing spot for the right-handed, power-hitting Cron, who is expected to share the role with lefty Jake Lamb.
Cron could serve as a designated hitter against left-handers in 2020 if MLB adopts a universal DH rule for all teams, Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net reports.
In a normal year, Cron likely would have started the season at Triple-A Reno, but the coronavirus pandemic is causing MLB to consider changes that includes National League teams using the DH. Under that scenario, the right-handed hitting Cron could share DH with the left-handed hitting Jake Lamb. Cron bashed 38 home runs at Reno last season and added another six in 71 at-bats for the Diamondbacks.
Cron was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
This isn't all too surprising, as Cron is behind both Christian Walker and Jake Lamb on the depth chart at first base. Cron struggled in his big-league debut last season but should get another shot if he continues to show he has nothing left to prove at the highest level of the minors.
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