The Chicago White Sox are smart for not putting that much money into an aging outfielder.
Of course, anyone who follows baseball knows that George Springer is a premier player. He was the best free-agent position player on the market this winter. He would have been a perfect fit for the Chicago White Sox going into the 2021 season. If it was at a good deal, the White Sox would have looked so smart for bringing him in. When they signed Adam Eaton, it looked like he was out for sure and now we might know why.
On Tuesday night, it was reported that Springer was headed north of the border to play for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is going to get 150 million dollars over the span of six years. That is a lot of money for a 31-year-old outfielder who will be 37 when the deal is done. Toronto is a good young team and it is cool to see them going for it but it is probably for the best that the White Sox didn’t pay that type of money.
They didn’t pay extreme levels of money for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado and that is absolutely going to be a lucky situation down the line. George Springer would have been really nice to have but we don’t know what he is going to play like in five years and that is a lot of money. With the elite young roster that the White Sox are putting together, they can win without adding an albatross contract to try and win it with free agents.
It is rare that a team loaded with free agents ever wins the World Series. Most of the teams that have sustained success build their team through the draft, trades, and young prospects. The White Sox are doing that. If anything, adding a pitcher like Trevor Bauer would be a lot smarter than adding George Springer.
There is also the big cheating scandal that George Springer will forever be linked to. The Houston Astros stole signs using technology and they ended up winning the World Series with it. Springer proved that he is an elite player still without cheating in 2020 but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t come with baggage. As mentioned before, the White Sox would be a better team in 2021 with Springer but at that price, it was probably smart to pass.