Worried about George Springer spending the next six years of his career in the Yankees’ division after previously sort of just…appearing in the ALCS as an Astro? Fair!
Worried about it a little bit less after learning Michael Brantley wasn’t also involved in a package deal? Definitely.
Luckily, we’re here to calm your nerves even further — at least, until Toronto wises up and acquires some pitching.
Though Springer’s postseason mettle, power bat, and fearsome speed can send a shiver down any fan’s spine, that shiver has been pretty unwarranted throughout his career against the Yankees. In fact, in the regular season and in October, his potent bat has been fairly impotent, swinging and missing more often than it makes contact.
Of course, this whole conversation could’ve simply been avoided if the Mets had gotten their act together, hired a functional GM who could withstand a single offseason, and closed the deal by out-spending the world like they’d professed to do. But we digress!
Springer’s a wonderful player, but unlike Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, he somehow has repeatedly wilted during big moments in the Bronx, no matter the weather.
For what it’s worth, we’d pay him $150 million for six years of service every day of the week and twice on Sunday, but it does make you appreciate the Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu bargain all the more. Springer hasn’t been an MVP finalist recently, let alone top four twice in two years. $60 million less for the more versatile LeMahieu? My goodness.
The Blue Jays have themselves quite a fearsome lineup up there in Toronto, or possibly Buffalo … or maybe Florida? We actually don’t know.
But around these parts, we call a fearsome lineup “half a team,” and the Springer addition hopefully doesn’t close the gap as much as they intended it to, if these numbers hold.
If the season starts as planned, Springer will be manning centerfield at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day this April. We’ll get our first chance to learn more about his ability very quickly.