The Toronto Blue Jays made another giant move in free agency for the second consecutive winter.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Blue Jays have signed former Houston Astros All-Star outfielder George Springer to a massive six-year contract worth $150 million.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, this is the richest contract the Blue Jays have ever handed out. It easily surpasses the seven-year, $126 million extension they handed outfielder Vernon Wells back in 2006.
The addition of Springer comes more than a year after the Blue Jays signed All-Star pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a four-year, $80 million contract.
Following a three-year rebuild, general manager Ross Atkins and team president Mark Shapiro saw the 2019 and 2020 offseasons as opportunities to improve a core full of young stars, consisting of Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio.
Springer is a three-time All-Star who captured the Silver Slugger Awards in 2017 and 2019. He helped the Astros win the 2017 World Series, the first championship in franchise history. Springer earned World Series MVP honors after batting .379 in the series with five home runs and seven RBI.
Springer made 51 appearances in the 60-game shortened 2020 regular season. He batted .265 and hit 14 home runs and 32 RBI. He owns a career .270 batting average to go along with a slugging percentage of .491 and an OPS of .852.
The 31-year-old Springer has reached the 20 home run mark five times, and he’s hit 30-plus homers twice. Aside from superb hitting and solid defense, Springer is known for his incredible clutch postseason performances.
He’s a career .269 hitter in the postseason with 19 home runs and 38 RBI. The Astros reached the World Series twice with Springer (2017 and 2019) and the ALCS four times in a row (2017 to 2020).
The Blue Jays earned a wild card spot in the expanded postseason field last year. With Springer now joining a star-studded group, this team is in great position to earn another playoff berth in 2020.
Source: Read Full Article