Y’all wonder why all the posts around here lately are about labor unrest and pace of play. Well, it’s because this is the sort of thing that passes for baseball news these days: the Orioles just announced that they have acquired C Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Don’t burn yourself on that hot stove.
Susac was a top-100 prospect in the Giants system a long, long time ago and got traded to the Brewers in 2016. He never really found a home there despite the idea that he could, quite possibly, be the long-term solution for the Brewers behind the plate in the post-Jonathan Lucroy world. He was called up briefly in late 2016 and then hit spring training last year fighting for the starting gig. He didn’t win, then he got injured, then he spent most of the year, when healthy, at Triple-A, where he didn’t hit even in high-altitude Colorado Springs. He was designated for assignment the other day to make room for Matt Albers on the 4o-man roster.
Maybe a change of scenery will do him good.
The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.
Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.
Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.