Toronto Blue Jays: “Pass or Pursue” on 5 big-name free agents

George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Houston Astros center fielder George Springer. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

4. George Springer

Alright. We’ve covered off the ones you were expecting, now on to something a little more spicy.

George Springer would be a *chef’s kiss* addition to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Follow me on this journey of musical chairs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. keeps shedding weight and returns to his native third base. Teoscar Hernandez’s sub-par outfield glove gets taken off his hand, and he slides into the vacated designated hitter role. Randal Grichuk, who played centre-field for much of 2020, returns to his more comfortable right-field position. Springer slots into centre, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. watches this chaos from his unchanged station in left. This concludes my application for general manager.

In all seriousness, it’s highly unlikely that Springer chooses Toronto. After winning a championship* with the Astros in 2017 and returning to the World Series in 2019, Houston looks like it could be a permanent home for one of the most integral pieces of their mini-dynasty.

Either that, or a team like the New York Yankees throws a boatload of money at the native of New Britain, CT to fill what is considered to be one of their holes, as pin-sized as it may be.

If the Blue Jays are going to inquire about Springer’s services, it’ll be a “buy high” situation. Springer was fantastic for the Astros this postseason, threatening to leave the yard with every at-bat. His power would make pitchers quiver in the bandbox ballparks of the AL East.

Verdict: Pursue