The Toronto Blue Jays want to aspire to top honors in the next few years. They demonstrated this in the last few days by getting George Springer to sign a lucrative contract.
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The outfielder, one of the most coveted free agents, has agreed to a six-season pact worth $ 150 million. At a virtual press conference, the former Houston Astros donned his Jays shirt and cap for the first time on Wednesday.
“What made me lean towards the Blue Jays is the young group of players who are very impressive,” said Springer. Cavan
Biggio, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Lourdes Gurriel Jr are starving.
“I also liked to see that the management is behind its players. She believes in them. For me, this is a very important aspect. “
Joining the Jays brought him closer to his home in Connecticut.
“It was not a major factor in my decision. I just wanted to be in a place where I will be happy to play baseball. I believe I will be in Toronto. “
Last season, due to the pandemic, the Blue Jays had to play their home games in Buffalo. This situation could arise again in 2021. However, this possibility has not cast doubt on Springer.
According to Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, Springer fits in very well with his team in several aspects.
“He’s not just a center fielder. That’s why he was interesting to us, said the baseball man. We had several different ways of improving our team.
“Our interest in him dates back several years. It will have an impact within our attack and our defense. He runs well on goals and he has character too. “
Springer will try to be a mentor for the young Toronto guns. He will try to instill good work habits and a winning attitude in his teammates. A philosophy he acquired during his seven campaigns with the Houston Astros, where he participated
twice in the World Series.
“This team reminds me of the Astros when I joined the majors,” added the American. I had the privilege of playing with very talented players like Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa.
“The Jays are a young team, but very talented. From what I have seen and heard, they have ambition. They want to win and they work hard. It is impressive to see. “
Atkins would not be done shopping in the free agent market. According to several sources, he is about to announce the signing of infielder Marcus Semien.
Before experiencing a more difficult 2020 season, he had slammed 33 home runs in addition to producing 92 points in the previous one; a performance that allowed him to finish third in the American League MVP poll.
If this acquisition is confirmed, the Blue Jays will have a very solid infield with Bichette, Semien, Biggio, and Guerrero.
At bat, the Toronto team will be able to produce a lot of points. However, there are question marks in the rotation of starting pitchers. After Hyun-Jin Ryu and promising Nate Pearson, the Blue Jays have little depth on the mound. A file to follow …
George Springer’s contract in detail
- 6 years, $ 150 million
- Signing bonus: $ 10 million
- Battery life: 2027
ANNUAL SALARY PER SEASON
- 2021: $ 32M
- 2022: $ 28 million
- 2023: $ 22.5M
- 2024: $ 22.5M
- 2025: $ 22.5M
- 2026: $ 22.5M
OTHER CLAUSES OF THE AGREEMENT
- List of eight teams he doesn’t want to be traded to.
- Bonus for $ 150,000 if he wins the title of MVP.
- Bonus of $ 50,000 if he obtains a Golden Glove, a Silver Stick, a place in the All-Star Game or if he wins the title of Most Valuable Player in the World Series.
- Bonus of $ 25,000 for claiming the Championship Series MVP.
The biggest contracts in the history of the Jays
|1. George Springer
||6 years / 150 M $
|2. Vernon Wells
||7 years / $ 126 million
|3. Russell Martin
||5 years / $ 82 million
|4. Hyun-Jin Ryu
||4 years / $ 80 million
|5. Jose Bautista
||5 years / $ 64 million