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Twins let C.J. Cron, Trevor Hildenberger become free agents

Cron wasn't the same after suffering a thumb injury.
C.J. Cron

The deadline to tender potential free agents contracts was Monday and the Twins decided to non-tender first baseman C.J. Cron and relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger. 

In baseball, being non-tendered means the club elects against giving the player a contract for the upcoming season, thus immediately making them free agents who can sign with any team that wants them. 

Cron hit .253 with 25 homers and 78 RBI in his lone season with the Twins, but a thumb injury, for which he had surgery on after the season, cut down his abiltity to play and produce in the second half of the season. 

  • Cron pre-All-Star break: .266/.326/.495 (.821 OPS), 17 HR, 18 2B, 54 RBI
  • Cron post-All-Star break: .229/.280/.420 (.700 OPS), 8 HR, 6 2B, 24 RBI

Hildenberger had a really rough season, being demoted to Triple-A Rochester to start the year and then only pitching in 22 games at the MLB level. He pitched 16.1 innings out of the bullpen and gave up 19 runs for a brutal 10.47 ERA. 

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