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Every Single 2020 Free Agent the Blue Jays could be Interested in

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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 29: General manager Ross Atkins of the Toronto Blue Jays poses with new manager Charlie Montoyo who was introduced to members of the media and president Mark Shapiro on October 29, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates scoring on a Jose Altuve #27 RBI double during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates scoring on a Jose Altuve #27 RBI double during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

George Springer

As Mookie Betts signed an extension with the Dodgers before he even hit free agency, George Springer is now the premier outfielder on the market.

Springer has been to three consecutive All-Star games that have taken place where he’s slashed .270/.361/.491 with 174 home runs.

In 51 games played in 2020, he slashed .265/.359/.540 with 14 home runs and 50 hits. In 2019, he started off the season playing like an MVP candidate, but was put on the shelf with an injury. Over 122 games in the 2019 season, Springer had the best year of his career slashing .292/.383/.591 with 39 home runs and 96 RBI.

Springer may come with concerns. He’ll be 31 years old entering next season and was also a part of the 2017 World Series team that stole signs throughout the year in which he won World Series MVP.

In 2017 though, he did better on the road (.292/.367/.534 with 18 home runs) than he did at home (.273/.366/.509 with 16 home runs).

On a positive note though, his defence remains solid as he posted a DRS of six in centre field while not making a single error for a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 this season.  He has also cut down on the strikeouts each year since he’s been in the big leagues.

While the Blue Jays have a solid offensive outfield currently in place, the team is looking to upgrade defensively in that position. Randal Grichuk was the primary centre fielder this season in which he did well at the plate but posted a DRS of -8.

The Blue Jays have already been linked to Springer and have expressed interest in him.

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