George Springer is officially a Blue Jay! (with a front-loaded contract)

It’s officially official — the Toronto Blue Jays announced George Springer’s six-year, $150 million contract on Saturday.

Boy, it still feels nice to type that out. Though I wasn’t really worried that this deal was going to fall through, there was a small  sense of anxiety after the whole Michael Brantley gong show, so the contract finally being made official is soothing for all us overly-anxious weirdos.
Springer’s deal, of course, is the biggest in Blue Jays’ history, breaking the record that was set all the way back in 2006 when Vernon Wells was given a seven-year, $126 million deal. It also dwarfs the biggest free-agent signing the franchise has made, which was Russell Martin’s five-year, $80 million deal.
That’s a lot of cash, but Springer has certainly earned it. Between 2017 and 2020, only five outfielders have produced more WAR than Springer (Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Aaron Judge, and Cody Bellinger). And then there’s also his incredible playoff stats, a .269/.349/.546 slash line over 292 post-season plate appearances and 19 homers, tied for fourth all-time.
So, there was never any doubt that Springer was going to get paid, and it’s great that the Blue Jays were the ones …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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