George Springer signs a six-year $150 million deal with Toronto, maybe Buffalo, Blue Jays. Adding to the recent heat of the hot stove.
The Blue Jays may not know where they are going to play next year, but that is not stopping them from being able to land free agents. After signing one-year deals with Tyler Chatwood and Kirby Yates this week, $3 million and $5 million deals respectively, they managed to land George Springer. The Blue Jays were a little unlucky, coming in second place on landing spots for top free agents; most recently DJ Lemaheiu.
Springer was a first-round pick, 11th overall, in the 2014 draft by the Houston Astros. He has spent the last seven years in the Astros organization. For his career, he has slashed .270/.361/.491 with 178 Hr and 458 RBI. He owns a career 26.6 fWAR. The last full year, 2019, was his best year yet with a 6.5 fWAR. That year he slashed .292/.383/.591 with 39 HR and 96 RBI. Although he struck out a lot, 20.3%, he did manage to have the best walk rate of his career, 12.1%.
Being involved with the cheating scandal that helped win the Astros the 2017 World Series, it was a wonder how much that would hurt his value when he hit free agency. At almost a $21 million AAV, it doesn’t seem to have hurt too much. This deal will pay him until his age 37 season. Springer is bringing playoff experience and veteran leadership to a young team. Hopefully, he leaves the trash cans behind.
Springer is joining an already investing offense. He will be joining an outfield that you can already expect each guy to put up at least 20 HR on the year. The infield is nothing to look past either. Guys like Vladimir Guererro Jr, Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette are going to make people watch the Blue Jays in the AL East. With the Rays winning the division and going to the World Series, you would hope they could repeat, but they got rid of some of their main guys. The Yankees are always good, but can they stay healthy? Look for the Blue Jays to make a run at the division this year.