According to league reports, the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a huge contract with free-agent outfielder George Springer.
Sources say that the Blue Jays will give Springer a six-year deal worth $150 million. The deal is said to be completed and Toronto is expected to announce the signing once Springer passes his physical.
Earlier rumors claimed that the New York Mets were also in the running for Springer. The Mets have a new billionaire owner, Steve Cohen, who is clearly ready to spend big money to build the team after signing former Cleveland Indians superstar Francisco Lindor to a huge contract.
However, the Blue Jays ended up offering Springer a better deal. The 31-year-old outfielder played all seven of his professional seasons with the Houston Astros, winning the World Series with the team in 2017 and the American League pennant in 2019.
A three-time All-Star, Springer had a batting average of .265 last year, with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs during the shortened season.
On paper, Springer is the perfect veteran addition to this young Toronto team that finished last season with a winning record and qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2016. The Blue Jays’ best players outside of Springer, Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., are all under the age of 25.