The New York Mets owner weighed in on the rumored interested between the team and free agent outfielder George Springer.
The MLB Hot Stove season is beginning to heat up in this cold winter. In the past 24 hours, the New York Yankees managed to sign infielder DJ LeMahieu to a six-year, $90 million contract and took a one-year, $11 million flier on pitcher Corey Kluber. With the Yankees dominating the headlines in New York City, many Mets fans are wondering when the team will counter with an impactful move of their own. Particularly, when will the Mets sign outfielder George Springer?
On Saturday, SNY tweeted out that Springer would reportedly like to sign with a team near his home state of Connecticut. New York is close to the Constitution State, so Mets fans immediately began tweeting to owner Steve Cohen to sign him. Leave it to Cohen to reply to SNY’s tweet, saying that he needs help because he’s “not good at these word games.”
Mets and Blue Jays reportedly most interested in Springer
Cohen is probably the most transparent owner in all of MLB. He’ll use his Twitter account to ask for fan opinions and to shut down rumors and reports about the Mets’ free agent preferences.
According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, Springer has received the “most significant interest” from the Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays. Given that Springer wants to play close to home, the Mets hold the advantage in negotiations. However, the Blue Jays have been in on nearly every top free agent. In fact, the Blue Jays offered LeMahieu a four-year, $78 million contract, but the AL MVP finalist chose to return to the Yankees.
Springer was deemed the top outfielder on the open market for his hitting skills and fielding abilities. This past season, Springer slashed .265/.350/.540 while recording 14 home runs and 32 RBI in 51 games. Additionally, Springer has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage (86 putouts on 86 total chances).
The Mets have a desperate need at outfielder, and Springer fits in perfectly in center field. The team signed top free agent catcher James McCann and acquired superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians, showing that they’re all-in on contending for the World Series. Mets fans, spoiled for the first time in a long time, want more, and feel Springer is the guy to truly put them over the edge.