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LA Angels: 3 players the Halos totally wish they still had on their roster

Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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CJ Cron
May 18, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron (25) singles against the San Diego Padres during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 player the LA Angels totally wish they still had on their roster: CJ Cron

The LA Angels had CJ Cron for four years.

Cron was a solid player for the Angels, but has looked better since he’s been gone. This year, he drove in 92 runs. In the last three years he’s been healthy, he’s averaged between 27 and 28 home runs.

He had an OPS over .900 this year, and a .530 slugging percentage.

While solid, this production wouldn’t start on the Angels. We have the best DH in the business and one of the best first basemen in the AL. That being said, Cron would be outstanding depth and would be a tremendous option to come off the bench and pinch hit when needed.

He only cost $1 million last year. Even with Cron not being a full-time starter, which he wouldn’t have been with the Halos, that’s a bargain of a contract.

The thing is, if Cron was on this team, we could have mixed him in at first while Jared Walsh could go to the outfield when we dealt with a slew of injuries there. Walsh is also very good defensively in the grass.

While we of course want Walsh at his primary position most of the time, it could have been useful to have a solid player in Cron to mix in at first base so Walsh could help manage the losses we had due to injuries in the outfield.

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