What was a flurry of rumors at the beginning of the night has finally amounted to a deal. George Springer and the Toronto Blue Jays have an agreement at a very healthy six years and $150 million.
They finally got someone to take their money:
George Springer’s deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is for six years and $150 million, as @JonHeyman said. In this market, that is a massive deal. Toronto paid a premium price for a premium player.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 20, 2021
To be sure, Springer was reportedly seeking $175 million this offseason, but come on … $150M for him is a good deal. A really good deal. I have no doubt the Blue Jays will happy with his production, but that’s still a nice payday for Springer.
Now what about the fallout?
Well, let’s start with the Mets, the runner-up in the Springer sweepstakes. On the one hand, we figured they might not be willing to dish out what it takes to land Springer given (1) their proximity to the luxury tax (roughly $27M in remaining space … minus the $5-10M ear marked for in-season additions) and (2) the current scandal that has left them without their brand new GM, Jared Porter, but they did. And that’s significant. So perhaps now they will move onto whatever their backup plan was for the lineup, which, as we know, could include a trade for Kris Bryant.
After all, they did offer a hefty chunk of change:
Per source, the Mets’ top offer to George Springer came in around six years, $120-125 million. The Blue Jays took it to the next level and get their man at six years, $150 million. Huge acquisition for Toronto.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 20, 2021
That’s a $20 million AAV, by the way … or about $500K more than Bryant will make in 2021.
The grass is always greener, New York:
I know a lot of you are disappointed that the Mets didn't sign Springer. 6 years/$150 million is a big number though. It would have made a Conforto extension trickier.
If passing on Springer allows the Mets to extend Lindor and Conforto, it's a no-brainer.
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) January 20, 2021
The Blue Jays, meanwhile, were also connected to J.T. Realmuto (though that’s a bit tougher to see now) and Trevor Bauer. It’s rare for a team to pull off multiple hundred million+ dollar deals in an offseason, but the Blue Jays are one of a few teams willing to spend that much this winter. So I don’t think we can count them out yet. And, of course, if they’d still like to upgrade at catcher, Willson Contreras likely offers similar value at a fourth of the financial cost (though obviously (hopefully?) he would require a HAUL to obtain).*
*I really HOPE the Cubs don’t trade Contreras, but I’m just reminding you all of the smoke.
Oh, hey: The Blue Jays might also add Springer’s friend, and fellow free agent, Michael Brantley ….
Blue Jays still trying for free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley, sources tell @TheAthletic. Brantley is close friends with George Springer and represented by same agency, Excel Sports Management. Wrote Sunday about possibility of NBA-style package deal. https://t.co/er4Jj5HtF6
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2021
There are probably many more threads we could pull on tonight, but suffice it to say, at this point on the MLB calendar and at this point in the year, a top free agent signing should be more than enough to pry those floodgates open.
And ope … look at that. Jose Quintana just signed a deal too. I’ll go write that up now. More tomorrow (and probably a lot more coming this week).