After phenomenal seasons from outfielders Teoscar Hernandez and Randal Grichuk, the Toronto Blue Jays outfield is looking better than it was just one year ago today.
However, the Blue Jays can add another piece in free agency that would put them in a great position to contend as early as next season.
Former World Series MVP, George Springer, is performing at an incredibly high level once again in the postseason. The 31-year-old veteran becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season and the Jays should do everything they can to sign him.
Here are a couple of reasons why George Springer would be a perfect fit in Toronto:
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- Lack of outfield depth
One of the big reasons why Springer would be a great fit in Toronto would be to improve their lack of depth in the outfield. The outfield performed at a high level for the shortened season, but have we seen enough to confidently say that this outfield is good enough to compete? I don’t think so.
Gurriel Jr., Hernandez, and Grichuk currently own the starting outfield positions, but if one were to get hurt, who would step in? If the Blue Jays were to sign Springer, they would add a star in their outfield while also adding depth to a thin outfield.
2. Playoff Experience/Veteran Presence
As the Jays sit and watch the rest of the playoffs from home, Springer and his Houston Astros have just clinched their fourth straight ALCS appearance. In these playoff runs, Springer has put up spectacular numbers including a World Series MVP in 2017.
In that World Series, Springer hit .379 with 5 home runs and 7 RBIs throughout the seven-game series. With the youth that the Blue Jays possess, Springer’s playoff experience and overall veteran presence would be a major plus for a team that lacks just that.
The Jays have many questions regarding who will be in their starting rotation next season, however, the outfield is also a position that the Jays must address. The lack of outfield depth, as well as inexperience that the Jays have, are reasons why signing an outfielder of Springer’s caliber would be beneficial.
If the Blue Jays have intentions of contending next season, this signing would be a major step in the right direction.