A resurgent George Springer could make or break Blue Jays offence this year

Sep 2, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder George Springer (4) reacts after
Sep 2, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder George Springer (4) reacts after / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays inked George Springer to a six-year, $150M contract back in January of 2021. At the time, it was the largest contract in franchise history, and fast forward a few years, it remains that way.

Prior to the signing, Springer had spent the first seven years of his major league career with the Houston Astros, winning a World Series and a World Series MVP with the club in 2017.

With those two trophies on his résumé, it's easy to see why the Blue Jays front office was so comfortable handing over $25M annually for the next six years.

With three years remaining on this contract, it's hard to say it's been a great signing for Toronto thus far. Springer has been good with the Jays, but he certainly hasn't been great, and he's had trouble staying on the field, as he's dealt with injuries over the past few seasons.

Coming into the 2024 season, it seems as though George Springer only has one goal in mind - to bring a World Series to Toronto.

"I want to bring (a championship) here. I want to do that. I’m not a numbers guy, not an awards guy. My goal, just like it was when I got here was, at the end of it, to hopefully leave the guys who are here and the organization in a much better place. Hopefully, guys have learned something or taken something (from me). That could be anything. But, hopefully, I was able to help somebody."

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If the Blue Jays do bring a World Series pennant north of the border for the first time since 1993, Springer himself will certainly have to be a big reason why.

With the Blue Jays offseason falling flat, failing to bring in any big name free agents, any chance of success this team has this season will rely on the bounce back of the players that were already on this club - Springer included.

FanGraphs currently projects Springer to slash .258/.332/.447 with 27 home runs in 2024, all of which would be steps forward from what was an uncharacteristically down seasons for him in 2023.