Springer wouldn’t focus on curiosity from the Mets, or from every other crew. However over seven years taking part in in Houston, plus three within the minor leagues, Springer has proven he’s greater than able to thriving at a substantial distance from his dwelling state.
“It’s solely a brief airplane flight away, if I actually, actually need to,” he stated of going to Connecticut. “And we play within the A.L. East, and that’s fairly near dwelling. However on the finish of the day, I wished to go to the place I believed I used to be going to be comfortable, and I consider I’m.”
Final 12 months, the Blue Jays played their home games in Buffalo after Canada restricted journey throughout the border due to the coronavirus pandemic. The identical is more likely to maintain true in 2021, a minimum of for the start of the season, and it’s unclear but the place the Blue Jays will play dwelling video games. Springer dismissed that as a priority, together with the opposite points which have led elite free brokers to signal elsewhere.
“You hear loads concerning the journey and all that stuff,” he stated. “However the actuality of it’s, it actually didn’t hassle me one bit.”
In Springer, the Blue Jays are getting one of the vital full outfielders within the recreation at a time when the membership is trying to problem the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays of their division. In his seven years in Houston, Springer by no means led the league in any of the highest offensive classes, a minimum of not till the postseason, when he has shone.
He was named essentially the most helpful participant of the 2017 World Collection, through which he batted .379 with 5 dwelling runs and three doubles because the Astros received their first title. In 63 postseason video games over all, Springer has 19 dwelling runs, tied with Albert Pujols for fourth on the career postseason homer list. His capability to supply when the stakes are highest is one thing the Blue Jays see as greater than a fluke. Whereas current analyses of gamers are inclined to focus extra on their manufacturing over the lengthy haul of a full, 162-game common season, the Blue Jays famous that they positioned a excessive worth on Springer’s robust report in October.
“Gamers who’re ready and embrace competitors, and have an elite need to win, will fall again on preparation and rise to the event,” Atkins stated. “George has achieved that, and that was exceptionally enticing to us.”