George Springer at the Blue Jays is there a possibility?

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The Blue Jays have taken a significant step forward in 2020, and a young and promising core gives them a good chance to stay competitive in the 21 and beyond. That said, it doesn’t look like Toronto is planning to stand tall this offseason. Quite the contrary, in fact. The Blue Jays were

The Blue Jays have taken a significant step forward in 2020, and a young and promising core gives them a good chance to stay competitive in the 21 and beyond. That said, it doesn’t look like Toronto is planning to stand tall this offseason. Quite the contrary, in fact.
The Blue Jays have been connected to a number of top free agents, with George Springer arguably the greatest of them.
If Toronto can strike a deal with Springer in the coming weeks, it would impact not only the team’s 2021 playoff chances, but the rest of the market as well. Here’s a look at what could happen if Springer joins the Jays. Sox and Astros fight for Bradley
Teams needing a center-back essentially have two options of daily caliber among free agents: Springer and Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley has spent the past eight years in Boston, building a solid defensive reputation and at times providing above-par production. In 2020, the 30-year-old posted a 118 OPS +, his highest level since his only All-Star season in 2016.
The Red Sox are seen as a potential landing point for Springer, a product from Connecticut and UConn whose parents still live in the state. But if Springer is no longer an option, Boston would likely make an effort to bring Bradley back.
The Sox could face stiff competition from the former Springer team, however. The Athletic’s Peter Gammons reported earlier this month that the Astros are making Bradley a priority.

Kiermaier on the block?
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand Says Rays Are Open To Left-Handed Trading Blake Snell to create some much-needed financial flexibility after the shortened pandemic season.
Due to making $ 10.5million in 2021 and $ 28.5million over 22-23, Snell is one of three players on the Rays list to make big money, with Kevin Kiermaier (two years, $ 23.5 million, plus a $ 13 million club option for 23 with a $ 2.5 million buyout) and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (one year, $ 7 million).
If Tampa Bay can’t find a Snell business deal they like, could the club find a taker for Kiermaier? According to Feinsand, several executives believe the Rays should cover part of Kiermaier’s contract to move him, but there could be some interest in defensive genius, especially once Springer is out of the market.
Kiermaier has struggled with the bat for the past three years (82 OPS +), but he has continued to make his presence known in central field. Backed by his glovework, he recorded 6.2 wins over substitution (by baseball benchmark) from 2018-20, averaging 4.1 WARS for 650 appearances on the plateau during that time. The 30-year-old was tied for fifth in the MLB with 10 defensive points saved and sixth in offsets with +5 strikeouts above par in 2020.

Blue Jays could explore the commercial market
The Blue Jays may be targeting Springer, but they don’t necessarily need his bat in their outfield.
Collectively, the team’s outfielders placed second in Majors with 40 home runs and third with a 0.873 OPS last season, as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (11 circuits, .882 OPS), Teoscar Hernandez (16 circuits, .919 OPS) et Randal Grichuk (12 circuits, .793 OPS) all reached double the circuits.
Signing Springer would create an outfield surplus that Toronto could trade for a third baseman, starting pitcher or reliever.
While Grichuk is signed for around $ 31 million over the next three years, Hernández (controllable until 2023) is entering his first year of arbitration, and Gurriel (controllable until 24) is still one year away. arbitration.

The Mets refine their objective
With new owner Steve Cohen at the helm, the Mets are expected to be one of the more aggressive teams this offseason. In fact, ESPN’s Buster Olney recently reported that New York is looking to add several star players from Springer’s group, Trevor Bauer, JT Realmuto and Francisco Lindor.

If Springer does make it to Toronto, it stands to reason the Mets would step up their efforts on other fronts, trying to strike deals with their other main free agent targets and / or trade with the Indians for Lindor.
The team could also be seen jumping into the DJ LeMahieu draws. When Robinson Cano received a 162-game suspension without pay for violating the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, he cleared $ 20.25 million from the 2021 Mets payroll and left the team with a hole on second base, which has led to increased speculation that the club could make a run to second base.
LeMahieu was not on the target list mentioned in Olney’s report, but if Springer is not on the table, there is a possibility that the Mets could re-evaluate.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on twitter @HarriganMLB.



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