Springer, 31, is expected to sign with either team in January. He figures to pick up a long-term contract worth well over $100 million.
But I’d guess that Springer will be looking for something in the $150 million range and 5 or 6 years. Baseball players tend to decline in their 30. Five years would bring him to his age 35 season. I don’t imagine he’ll be worth $30 at that age, but then the first 2-3 years should be decent value. I also don’t think he could play center when he is 35, but we could move him to one of the corner spots by then.
MLB Trade Rumors figures the Mets are more focused on Springer, while the Jays are talking to a few guys:
Jays remain linked to a bevy of top-tier free agents, including Springer, LeMahieu, Realmuto and Trevor Bauer. Both the Mets and the Blue Jays have also been rumored as possible landing spots when Francisco Lindor is ultimately traded.
Let’s do a poll:
If the Jays signed George Springer for 5 years and $150 million
This poll is closed
Happy, we are getting a great player.
Sad, we are overpaying for a aging player.