NY Mets must go after outfielder George Springer this winter
By Leen Amin
George Springer would look really good in a New York Mets uniform beginning next season.
With Steve Cohen taking over, the New York Mets will be in a position to spend a great deal of money for what feels like the first time in forever.
The team has several areas that need work such: they must add another starting pitcher or two, at least one reliever, and must address the catching position. They should, however, also go after a proper center fielder.
My suggestion? George Springer.
Springer, the current center fielder of the Houston Astros, is 30 years old and set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Springer brings so much to the table.
He has a career slash line of .270/.361/.491, an .852 OPS, 131 OPS+, 174 home runs, 458 RBIs, and 27.3 WAR. He’s a very good hitter but is known for being even better during the postseason.
In his first 53 playoff games, Springer has slashed .276/.362/.553 and notched an OPS of .915 with 15 home runs and 30 RBIs. He was even the MVP of the 2017 World Series when he hit five home runs, seven RBIs, and had 11 hits in seven games.
What might be even more important than his offense to the Mets is his defensive ability. Springer is an excellent fielder, something the Mets lack at that position. He’s played 2,248 innings at center field and has recorded a career DRS of 14 and UZR of 2.6.
He’s also capable of playing right field, where he’s actually spent most of his career. His numbers are great there, too, making his versatility appealing.
Springer is a fantastic hitter with a great glove who comes up big in big moments. Something the Mets need. He’s versatile and can help take an already good team with a very solid foundation to the next level.
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Springer can be a difference-maker and can be one of the big pieces that helps the Mets get into the playoffs and make deep runs for years to come. The front office would be foolish to not seriously pursue him once he becomes available.