June 25, 2021

Five MLB Signings That Flew Under the Radar (Baseball Essential)


Major League Baseball free agency is pretty much over. All the big names have signed, and few bang-for-the-buck players remain available. Given how quickly the offseason shaped up, a handful of MLB signings flew under the radar. Here are five of them:

C.J. Cron
– One-year, $6.1 million deal with the Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are looking for an identity and players to build around. Taking a one-year flier on Cron is a potential low risk, high reward signing.

Cron is one of the most underrated first basemen in baseball. Sure, he’s not renowned for his defensive heroics, but he’s a dangerous power hitter. In each of the last two seasons Cron has ranked in the top 10 percent in MLB in barrel percentage and is just one year removed from totaling 30 home runs and posting an .816 OPS with the Tampa Bay Rays.

He can hit in the middle of Detroit’s order and serve as a veteran on a raw depth chart. With little pressure on his shoulders given the low expectations placed on the Tigers, Cron could be poised for a big season. Plus, he can get some offensive tidbits from one of the best hitters in MLB history: Miguel Cabrera.

Travis d’Arnaud
– Two-year, $16 million deal with the…

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