|George Springer. © AFP=News1|
The Toronto Blue Jays, who had a hard time signing an offseason big player, captured George Springer (32), one of the biggest free agent (FA) players.
MLB.com reported on the 20th (Korean time) that “Toronto has signed a contract with Springer for a total of 150 million dollars (about 165 billion won) for six years.”
Toronto competed with the New York Mets until the end for Springer. The Mets offered Springer a six-year total of $120 million to $125 million, but Toronto caught Springer for more than that.
Springer is one of the best free agent outfielders this winter. He made his debut at the Houston Astros in 2014, showing the power of hitting double-digit homers every year. He also won the 2017 World Series MVP and showed off his strong side in the postseason. His career record is 0.270, 174 home runs and 458 RBIs.
MLB.com explained, “Toronto has been targeting Springer throughout this offseason. It was also interested in signing other players, but eventually caught Springer.”
“If Springer’s contract is finalized, this will be a message to the baseball world that Toronto has entered’Win Now’ mode, not a developing team.”