With the ink barely dry on a recent signing, there are rumours going around that the Toronto Blue Jays may be on the verge of another deal, this time including free-agent outfielder George Springer.
While the rumours are currently swirling about and not officially confirmed, it was reported on Twitter by Brendon Kuhn that the Toronto Blue Jays and Springer were in agreement on a contract pending a physical, which was backed by Joey Vendetta via his sources. There has currently been no official announcement from the organization nor from some of the Blue Jays beat writers, but Ben Nicholson-Smith did tweet that Springer was “impressed” with the Blue Jays and that he would update more when he was aware. Jon Morosi has added that the Blue Jays appear to be the front runners, but nothing is official other than what Kuhn and Vendetta have posted.
Adding George Springer to the Blue Jays roster one of the bigger signings in the organization’s history, in that Springer not only boasts an impressive .270/.361/.491 line with 174 home runs and 458 RBI, but has postseason and World Series experience under his belt in an area that the Blue Jays lack considerable depth when it comes to the outfield. Springer has a World Series MVP on his record and would have a considerable impact not just in the batting order but also in the outfield, where he spots a career 25 defensive runs saved across his seven years in centre and right field with the Houston Astros.
It was reported that the Blue Jays had offered Springer a contract earlier in January but that it was short of the $150 million the Connecticut native was asking for. While other teams like the New York Mets are in pursuit for Springer’s services, it appears that Ross Atkins and co. may have just persuaded him to play North of the border.
While there has been no official word yet, if this turns out to be a hoax or if Springer doesn’t sign with the Blue Jay, expect some pretty disappointed Blue Jays fans over the next few days.