Conversing with MLB Network’s Jon Heyman on his podcast (Podcast Big Time Baseball), Sandy Alderson, president of the New York Mets, provided an update on the George Springer saga.
Springer, 31, fits New York’s needs perfectly. An accomplished center fielder with a powerful bat probably meets the criteria for any team, but the Connecticut native appeared like a shoo-in to land at Flushing all winter.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been Springer’s most visible contender outside of the Mets, but other than those two teams, there hasn’t been much (publicly known) traction to speak of.
In addition, with the addition of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the payroll this season, some gaps in the list to be filled and contract extensions to come for Lindor, Michael Comfort, and possibly others, the Mets may not be as well placed as they have been lately.
However, as Alderson noted on Heyman’s podcast, the Mets and Springer are still keeping tabs on each other.
“Given the level of excitement [and] the enthusiasm surrounding the Mets, I don’t think we got off his list, ”Alderson said. “I would say we’re still engaged, broadly speaking, with Springer.
With a hole in the center field to fill and an obvious interest from both sides, everyone can just play a little hard to get. Par for the course at this time of year.
We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.