Apparently the Brandon Nimmo sweepstakes comes down to the Blue Jays and Mets
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By Cam Lewis1 year ago
We’ve got ourselves a Boboa Bomb.
Mike Boboa, who says in his Twitter bio that he’s a former New York Mets beat writer, reported that the Brandon Nimmo sweepstakes is coming down to two teams, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Mets…
Now, you might be asking why I’m putting any stock into some random guy on Twitter with just over 600 followers and no verification badge. This is because Boboa came out of nowhere around this time last year with a report that the Blue Jays had agreed to a deal with Kevin Gausman that was worth around $100 million over five years. A few days later, the news broke that Gausman had signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Blue Jays.
This could very well have been a lucky guess as the Blue Jays had been rumoured to be interested in Gausman for quite some time, so it should be taken with a grain of salt. But, still, random small accounts getting scoops before the major national reporters isn’t uncommon these days. Don’t forget who was the first to break the George Springer signing.
Sticking with the Nimmo speculation, Jeff Passan appeared on the JD Bunkis Podcast on Thursday and said that Nimmo is going to command well over $100 million on his free-agent contract…
“I went into it thinking, OK, he’s going to get, like, $80 million. And then I was told, ‘No, no, no, no, it’s going to be nine figures.’ And I was like, $100 million? And he was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. Keep going.” $125 million? ‘Nope.’ You know? The Shin-Soo Choo deal, which was six years and $130 or so million, is the place where I’ve landed after talking to people, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it goes higher than that.”
If the Blue Jays were willing to pull the trigger on a huge Nimmo contract, the decision to move Teoscar Hernandez in an extremely cost-cutting deal would make a lot of sense. It’ll be interesting to see if they’re comfortable handing out that much coin to a player with significant injury concerns just two years after signing Springer to a $150 million deal.
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