The Blue Jays are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of George Springer.
The Toronto Blue Jays are positioning themselves to become major players in the MLB free agency rumor mill this offseason, as joining a very young team led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. could be very appealing for anyone looking for a new home. Their main target is Houston Astros center fielder George Springer, and they are pulling out all the stops in order to convince him to sign in Toronto.
Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun is reporting that Cavan Biggio, who grew up in Houston thanks to his Hall of Fame father Craig, was an active recruiter during a presentation to Springer in free agency that was trying to sell Springer on moving north this offseason.
George Springer would give the Blue Jays one of the AL’s best lineups
If 2020 was Springer’s final year in Houston, he certainly ended it well, hitting 14 home runs and leading the Astros to their fourth consecutive ALCS. Teams like the New York Mets will be all over him this offseason, but the Blue Jays are trying to beat them to the punch.
Toronto did sneak into the playoffs in the competitive AL East, but a Tampa Bay Rays squad with championship aspirations easily dispatched them. With their unusual Buffalo stint behind them, look for the Blue Jays to make one big upgrade (for example, Springer over Randal Grichuk in center field) as they try to make the leap from playoff hopeful to championship hopeful.
Springer is going to have plenty of suitors, and choosing to play in Canada might be a tough sell. However, the Blue Jays look primed to become a consistent playoff team, and Springer could sate his desires for a championship and a big payday north of the border.