⚾ Angels Welcome Home Old Faces 🤝: Grichuk & Cron Return to The Nest! 🏟️
TL:DR; 👀 The Los Angeles Angels beef up their roster by trading for C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk from the Rockies. Both were originally drafted by the Angels and now they’re back! ⚾️❤️
“Home sweet home!” 🏡 That’s probably what Randal Grichuk and C.J. Cron are feeling after being brought back to where it all began. The Los Angeles Angels, in a bid to push for their playoff dreams, have orchestrated a deal with the Colorado Rockies. Now, Grichuk and Cron, two players who originally started their major league journeys with the Angels, are back in town. 🌆
C.J. Cron, at 33 years young, has already made his mark with the Rockies this season, playing in 56 games, and recording a batting average of .260. And don’t even get us started on the 11 homers and 32 RBIs! 🎉 But it wasn’t all smooth sailing; Cron had to take a brief timeout, thanks to some annoying back spasms. However, when we think back to 2021 and 2022, it’s clear that Cron’s got some serious power, with a whopping 57 home runs. But wait, is he the Rockies’ secret weapon or the Angels’ new guardian? 🤔
On the other hand, Grichuk, who’s just two years Cron’s junior at 31, has been tearing it up with a .308 batting average over 64 games, and, like Cron, has brought the heat with eight home runs. Grichuk’s versatility is also notable, with the ability to guard all three outfield posts. Hey, wasn’t Grichuk drafted by the Angels back in 2009? 🧐 And Cron in 2011? Déjà vu, anyone?
But why this sudden urge to bolster the lineup? Well, with Shohei Ohtani dominating as the designated hitter, and with Mike Moustakas getting cozy at first base, there were some gaps that needed filling. Not to mention, the injury to Taylor Ward after a not-so-friendly greeting by a pitch from the Blue Jays might have caused some urgency. 🚑
Adding some context to the mix, the Angels, who seem to be on a trading spree, also roped in Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the White Sox just earlier this week. They’ve got their eyes on the prize, folks! After all, it’s been a whole decade since the Angels last saw playoff action. ⏳
As for the Rockies, they’re not walking away empty-handed. They’re taking in Mason Albright and Jake Madden, both young talents with potential. Albright, just 20, boasts a 3.62 ERA this season, while 21-year-old Madden, despite a rocky start, is ranked as the eighth-best prospect in the Angels’ system. 🌟
Questions to Ponder:
With Cron and Grichuk returning, will this be the game changer the Angels need to get back into playoff action? 🎲
Is there a deeper strategy to the Angels’ recent trades, or are they simply rolling the dice and hoping for the best?
For the Rockies fans out there, how do you feel about letting go of two major players and bringing in younger talent?
To wrap up, here’s a little food for thought: With these major moves, are the Angels on the cusp of rewriting their playoff history, or are they setting up for another season of ‘so close, yet so far’? 🤨 What’s your take?
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