Let's not forget Corey Dickerson. He was let go by Tampa, went to Pittsburg, and hit .300/.330/.474 (.804). 119 OPS+.The talk at the time was that he would make $5m plus in arbitration. Sounds familiar.
I remember when Cron was on the Angels out here. He was always one of those guys with big power who was very streaky and never got consistent playing itme because he was/is the quintessential average first baseman in the field, plus the Angels had to play Pujols somewhere.It may just be a situation where he finally got some consistent playing time and can show what he's capable of, which wasn't bad year. It also may be a carreer year that quickly goes south. Worth a shot. It's not like he's blocking anybody - Austin is the roughly same guy without the breakout year.
Almost as good, this move comes with the added bonus that Robbie Grossman is probably non-tendered. Nice guy, good OBP, but not a guy who should be anything more than a 24th or 25th man on a good team. Can't carry Austin, Cron and Grossman on the same team.