Deciphering which teams are truly ready to dive into the deep-end when it comes to free agency is still somewhat of a mystery, with the Red Sox' financial uncertainty serving as an example.
There is also the industry uneasiness that surfaced when an owner who was all about committing to big-name free agents a year ago -- Philadelphia's John Middleton -- reportedly will tighten up the purse strings due to massive 2020 losses.
But there is one American League East team that seemingly isn't going to be shy about throwing some money around: The Toronto Blue Jays.
The most recent example that Toronto may represent a saving grace for free agents looking for big bucks is the Sportsnet.ca report that the Blue Jays actually may have made an offer to free agent outfielder George Springer.
Springer would seem to be a perfect fit for the Red Sox, a right-handed leadoff hitter who can play an above-average center field. But it is unclear if Chaim Bloom's plan includes allocating big money to big-name free agents. (MLB Trade Rumors projects Springer getting a five-year, $125 million deal.)
It would seem that both Springer and Jackie Bradley Jr. are in solid positions considering the lack of legitimate center fielder in the open market. Also, two of the teams that seem to be not shying away from spending money -- the Blue Jays and Mets -- both need help at the position.
“While the Blue Jays may be willing to set the market, agents will probably want to wait for the Mets to drop the gauntlet,” Sportsnet.ca Shi Davidi writes.