The Blue Jays have done it. They landed the big fish in free agency, signing George Springer to a 6yr $150M deal, the largest contract given out in franchise history. Springer is one of the best hitters in the league and plays solid defence in centre field. This is a massive addition for the franchise.
Before we go any further, it’s best to address the elephant in the room. Springer coming from the Houston Astros was a part of their cheating scandal of 2017. He had a great season in ‘17, but has had even better offensive seasons in 2019 and 2020 when the cheating stopped. This article from Jake Mailhot on Fangraphs, breaks down the banging scheme and how it helped each Astro hitter. On Springer this is what Mailhot found:
“George Springer was unable to take advantage of the trash can system when the game was on the line or when the game was all but decided, but he really thrived in medium leverage situations.”
This suggests that Springer’s overall production wasn’t affected as much as some of the other Astro hitters. He obviously cheated and participated in the sign stealing, this isn’t a justification. It’s just …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation