George Springer: Blue Jays talks with free-agent outfielder have “progressed”

George Springer (4) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during game five of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
George Springer (4) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning during game five of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Toronto Blue Jays have emerged as a prime suitor for George Springer, and talks between the two sides have progressed.

Two of baseballs most aggressive teams this winter, the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays, are among the teams most interested in signing free agent George Springer. And with each passing the day, the odds appear to be growing that he leaves the Astros.

The Blue Jays “have progressed beyond just talking” with Springer, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.

Davidi did not outright say it, but this would indicate that the Blue Jays have made an offer to Springer. Toronto has been among baseballs most aggressive teams this winter, pursuing most of the top free agents and already inking Robbie Ray to a one-year, $8 million deal. Now, their attention appears to have turned toward the best offensive player in free agency.

Springer, 31, is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to sign a five-year, $125 million contract. It will be interesting to see if the Blue Jays 1) are willing to spend that kind of money and 2) have the financial flexibility to commit to such a contract. But the front office has indicated a desire to sign another star as its young core gets further established in the majors and as I reported for FanSided, the front office has identified Springer as a player they “love.”

For the Astros, they will remain interested in Springer and attempt to keep him in Houston. They have been aggressive in identifying insurance policies should be depart in free agency, including Jackie Bradley Jr. and Michael Brantley. But neither is of the caliber of Springer and there will be a drop-off in center field no matter who the team brings in.

It is why the team will attempt to supplement other parts of the roster for the potential loss of Springer, which is looking increasingly likely by the day.

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