Mark Shapiro: “The bulk of our heavy lifting is done” but there’s room for the Blue Jays “to be creative”

George Springer was officially introduced as a Toronto Blue Jay on Wednesday via video call.

To give a short summary…
Springer said that he was excited to join the Blue Jays’ exciting core and that he respected how the front office really believed in their young players. He also noted that the uncertainty around playing in Toronto in 2021 wasn’t at all a factor in his decision to sign, which is funny because multiple national writers were adamant this would hold the team back.
The most interesting part of the call came when Mark Shapiro spoke about what the front office’s plans are for the rest of the off-season…

Mark Shapiro: “the bulk of our heavy lifting is done” for free agents this off-season. Adds, there are “opportunities for Ross and baseball operations to be creative.”
The Blue Jays are targeting another starting pitcher or two, so that likely means if they come, it’s via trade
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) January 27, 2021

Shapiro says that the bulk of the heavy lifting is finished for the winter but there’s still room for the front office to be creative. That would mean that the team isn’t going to be in the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays are also in on Michael Brantley

The Blue Jays have signed George Springer (fuck yes they have) and it looks like they aren’t done there.

According to Jon Heyman, Springer has been talking his former teammate Michael Brantley into joining him with the Blue Jays. I won’t believe it until Brendon Kuhn reports on it, of course.

George Springer has been selling the Jays and Michael Brantley on working out a deal so his friend and Astros teammate can join him (possibly) north of the border. @Ken_Rosenthal mentioned the tandem talk
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2021

But, yeah, this is something that we saw Ken Rosenthal mention recently, as I talked about earlier on Tuesday…
Free agents George Springer and Michael Brantley are close friends. They are represented by the same agency, Excel Sports Management. Imagine if the Blue Jays signed both in the kind of package deal more common in the NBA than Major League Baseball. Springer and Brantley would not only elevate the Jays’ offense but also provide leadership for the team’s young position players, transforming the franchise.
Brantley is a guy that Mark Shapiro and Co. are familiar with given he was part of the return in the deal that …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation