White Sox sur Springer
We don’t know where free agent George Springer will play ball in 2021, but we might be close to finding out.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Monday, the 31-year-old is “extraordinarily unlikely” to sign with the Chicago White Sox – one of the teams that has been seen as a possible landing point.
This is, of course, good news for the Toronto Blue Jays, who, along with the New York Mets, are among the clubs that have shown a lot of interest in Springer from the start.
Springer has been widely regarded as the tone of the biggest names available since the market opened in early November, and the Blue Jays’ interest in the center fielder has been evident throughout the free agency marathon of the MLB.
Last week, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said his team was in regular contact with Excel Sports Management – the group that represents Springer and a number of other top players.
“Like any other agency that represents, they have multiple free agents,” Atkins said, in an interview with Tim and Sid last Thursday. “(Excel) has a pretty good group of free agents this year, so we’ve had pretty regular contact with that group. ”
Because Houston extended a qualifying offer to Springer, any team that signs Springer (other than the Astros) will have to forfeit a draft pick as a result.
No DH in 2021?
Last summer, ahead of its shortened 60-game campaign, the MLB introduced a universal DH rule. The temporary change (one of many measures put in place as teams dealt with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) meant National League clubs could play the season using a designated hitter – a position typically put in work by American League teams. As plans for 2021 continue to be worked out, will we see DH in the Netherlands again?
Nothing has been formalized yet on this subject, but AthleticKen Rosenthal wrote on Monday that it looks like this aspect of the game could return to normal. Rosenthal reported that the league’s brass “asked clubs in a memo last week to proceed under the assumption that DH will not be used in the Netherlands this year”.
Mets, Jays spoke Matz
Rosenthal’s play on Monday also included another interesting piece of information that will be of interest to Blue Jays fans.
According to Rosenthal, the Mets have contacted the Blue Jays “to gauge their interest” in left-handed pitcher Steven Matz.
There was, as we know, in the end no exchange. The Mets ended up signing Matz to a one-year contract worth $ 5.2 million for the upcoming season, which is his final year of officiating eligibility.
“The idea, according to sources, was to see if the Jays or another club would offer Matz anything of value to his arbitration salary, which would give the Mets more flexibility for further lawsuits.” The team, of course, envision virtually all of the best. free agents, and could have completed his rotation had he traded Matz and then failed to sign right-hander Trevor Bauer. ”
Kim officially posted
Let the auction begin!
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, infielder Ha-seong Kim has been officially posted by the Kiwoom Heroes of Korea’s KBO League and, as a result, is able to sign with an MLB team by the day of. the year
He’s likely to have tons of interest – he’s versatile as an infielder who is suited to both shortstop and third baseman, has achieved excellent numbers in attack (career .493 with a .373 OBP) and is only 25 years old. The Blue Jays, according to a previous Morosi report, were among the teams watching Kim closely. According to Sportsnet’s own insiders, Toronto would be wise to sue him.
Blue Jays showing interest in Fiers
In their quest to move from rebuilding to competitive, the Toronto Brass have met plenty of players this offseason, from big-name stars to in-depth additions. Pitcher Mike Fiers could fall into the latter category by pursuing some of the biggest names in the market first. Still, a rumor to keep an eye out for – especially once again the pieces are moving this winter.