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Morning Mound Visit: Blue Jays sign George Springer

Blue Jays get better; Mets fire their GM; Brian Bannister’s philosophy

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Matt Kelly | After coming up short on DJ LeMahieu and others, the Blue Jays signed George Springer to a six-year, $150 million deal.

Deesha Thosar | New York Daily News: Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired Tuesday morning after ESPN reported that Porter had sexually harassed a woman reporter via 62 text messages. Porter wasn’t the only person in MLB harassing women, and he won’t be the last.

Alex Coffey | The Athletic $: Brian Bannister, the Giants’ director of pitching, is one of the most highly-regard minds in player development. He’s also an expert in photography. For Bannister, the two disciplines inform one another. When he’s working with a pitcher, he tries to visualize the best possible version of them as if visualizing a shot.

Tom Dakers | Bluebird Banter: The Blue Jays followed up their signing of Tyler Chatwood by landing Kirby Yates. Yates was one of the best relievers in 2019, but elbow issues prevented him from throwing more than 4 23 innings in the shortened 2020 season.