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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: CJ Cron decision brings Rays criticism

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The Rays are not afraid to make unpopular moves, they proved that again last night

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Last night was the deadline for teams to lock in their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft in December. The Rays made several additions, selecting the contracts of Kyle Byrd, Brock Burke, Ian Gibaut, Joe McCarthy, and Jesus Sanchez. To clear roster space, the Rays designated Oliver Drake and Hoby Milner for assignment, and outrighted Jose Mujica off the roster. The most controversial move, was the decision to designate CJ Cron for assignment

This, of course, caused an uproar of criticism aimed towards the always budget consciousness Rays as they shedded arguably their top slugger in 2018 as he was due to make around $5M in arbitration.

The Rays still have at least 7 days to find a willing trade partner for Cron.

And...there is always the possibility of the Rays bringing in a free agent to replace Cron’s production.

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