The Toronto Blue Jays have an agreement to sign George Springer in a huge acquisition for a young team trying to knock off the New York Yankees.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported on Tuesday night that the Toronto Blue Jays “continue to be aggressive” in their talks with Springer, the best outfielder on the market this offseason. They were aggressive enough, as news came Tuesday night that the Jays had come to an agreement with the outfielder.
George Springer’s deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is for six years and $150 million, as @JonHeyman said. In this market, that is a massive deal. Toronto paid a premium price for a premium player.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 20, 2021
The New York Mets were seen as the Blue Jays’ main competition, as both were in need of a bona fide center fielder. The Mets are closer in proximity to Connecticut, the place where Springer grew up and went to college. However, it looks like they were not as interested in Springer after acquiring Francisco Lindor‘s contract in his final year before he hits free agency.
Per source, the Mets’ top offer to George Springer came in around six years, $120-125 million. The Blue Jays took it to the next level and get their man at six years, $150 million. Huge acquisition for Toronto.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 20, 2021
In his last full season (2019), the 31-year-old hit a career-high 39 home runs and drove in 96 runs. He made his third consecutive All-Star appearance and won his second Silver Slugger award in three years.
Baseball Reference projects him to finish the 2021 season with 29 home runs and an .847 OPS in 555 plate appearances.
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