Bernie on the Scene: Important Transactions & More

Bernie on the Scene: Important Transactions & More

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This week, I again will share my opinions and analysis of some of the more recent MLB transactions. This edition includes players from both leagues.

These are meant to help prepare for upcoming drafts and auctions. Things will change as we get closer to spring training.

Toronto Blue Jays

George Springer
Right-handed-hitting outfielder
6-2, 221
Age 31

If I had to guess, Springer will play center field in Toronto. If he leads off, he could get as many as one more at-bat per game than if he hit anywhere else in the order. That should be factored into his fantasy value. 

Springer could be followed in a tough Blue Jays lineup by Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. All except Biggio give me great hope for fantasy success.

An All-Star three consecutive years beginning in 2017, Springer hit 29, 34, 22 and 39 home runs before hitting 14 in the short 2020 season. I am surprised the Astros chose to pass on him when he became a free agent. They did, however, re-sign Michael Brantley.

For a power hitting outfielder, Springer makes surprisingly good contact. He knows how to barrel the ball, and he can give the Astros Blue Jays a fair amount of doubles in addition to the homers.

His 2019 season was the first in four years when Springer didn't score at least 100 runs. That's what matters in fantasy. Scoring runs means the hitter has been on base. If he's

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Bernie Pleskoff
Bernie Pleskoff is a former professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
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