Cron, 30, signed a minor league deal with the A’s in the offseason but hit just .133/.152/.156 through 46 plate appearances with the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators. He walked in just 2.2% of those trips to the plate and was struck out in 39.1% of them. Given that rough showing, the club has moved on and freed him up to pursue his next opportunity.
He’s generally been considered a bat-first type of player throughout his career, so the offensive struggles really limit his value. He mashed all through the minor leagues with the Diamondbacks, including a .331/.449/.777 showing at Triple-A in 2019, and eventually got up to the majors. Unfortunately, he hit just .170/.245/.420 in 98 plate appearances over 2019 and 2020 and was released after the latter season.
He tried to take his skills overseas, signing with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp for 2021, eventually hitting a decent .231/.270/.431. He then joined the SSG Landers of the KBO League for 2022 but hit a meager .222/.255/.420 there before returning to North America this year.