The deadline for MLB teams to set their 40-man roster for next month’s Rule 5 Draft was Tuesday night at 8 pm ET. 


This deadline usually results in minor moves, like the ​Yankees adding reliever Joe Harvey to their 40-man roster. 


The ​Tampa Bay Rays however, don't care about your standards and presumptions. They've just released slugger C.J. Cron, who cranked 30 home-runs for the club in 2018. 

​​The 28-year-old designated hitter finished 2018 with a .253 batting average, the aforementioned 30 dingers, and 74 RBIs. 


We will be waiting in anticipation for the Rays official team statement on the move and how they justify letting go of C.J.  


We certainly understand their desire for a youth movement but surely there were other options. This is the same team that got rid of Corey Dickerson last year.

And we presume that there will certainly be suitors lining up for Cron's services in 2019. 


Any big-leaguer who can pop 30 homers is worthy of a DH spot on an American League team looking to contend next season.