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The Offseason: 1/21/2021

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It’s all part of the plan

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The Blue Jays struck a deal the other night by handing George Springer a big ol’ deal of six years at $150 million that might have some ripple effects in Philadelphia.

At the outset of free agency, it felt like Toronto was in on every free agent there was. Everybody was linked to the team because they had money to spend and roster spots to use. They’d have to overcome the issue that is playing in Canada during the pandemic and the exchange rate on money, but those aren’t that big of a deal in the long run. Yet they were rejected by player after player until Springer took the money and ran. Now they’ve probably spent a large portion of their budget on him and may not have much room for another big signing.

This ties into the Phillies as it was thought that the Blue Jays were the last big competition for J.T. Realmuto. It would be natural to connect the dots and figure that signing Realmuto was at this point a mere formality. Let’s just hope there are no “mystery teams” at this point.

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