Fast Hits: Springer, Conforto, Straw, Greinke
By Connor Byrne | March 1, 2021 at 10:16pm CDTThe Mets have been a preferred choose for outfielder George Springer earlier than he signed a six-year, $150MM contract with the Blue Jays in January. Crew president Sandy Alderson “recommended” on Monday that the Mets have been keen to signal Springer for 5 years, not six, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Alderson added that New York probably wouldn’t have been capable of prolong outfielder Michael Conforto had it signed Springer. “Sooner or later, even Steve Cohen runs out of cash,” Alderson mentioned of the workforce’s proprietor. Conforto, who turned 28 right now, is three years youthful than Springer and coming off an excellent higher season on the plate. He’s on account of change into a free agent subsequent winter, however the Mets anticipate to start talks on an extension someday quickly.
With Springer now not in Houston, the Astros seem more likely to flip to Myles Straw at middle area to open the season. If the Straw experiment doesn’t work out, although, it’s possible that Chas McCormick might be their fallback plan on the place, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic writes. The 25-year-old has a greater probability to make the workforce than veteran outfielder Steven Souza Jr., whom the Astros signed to a minor league deal, as he’s already on their 40-man roster and able to taking part in middle, Kaplan notes. McCormick impressed throughout his most up-to-date minors motion in 2019, when he slashed .269/.386/.432 with 14 residence runs and 16 stolen bases in 448 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A.
Sticking with the Astros, ace Zack Greinke is coming into the final season of his contract – his age-37 marketing campaign – however isn’t considering retirement, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com relays. Primarily based on his efficiency in 2020, Greinke has a lot left within the tank. Though he posted a 4.03 ERA – one of many highest figures of his potential Corridor of Fame profession – Greinke registered a greater 3.72 SIERA with a 24.5 p.c strikeout fee and an elite 3.Three p.c stroll fee. Greinke additionally induced a good quantity of weak contact, evidenced partially by the 86.eight mph exit velocity hitters mustered in opposition to him.
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