Springer, who turned 31 in September, is a three-time All-Star who has spent his total seven-season profession with Houston and was the World Collection MVP in 2017
TORONTO, ON — All-Star outfielder George Springer grew to become essentially the most distinguished amongst baseball’s free brokers to achieve an settlement this offseason, a $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, an individual aware of the negotiations informed The Related Press.
The individual spoke on situation of anonymity Tuesday night time as a result of the deal was topic to a profitable bodily.
It could be the biggest contract in crew historical past.
Springer, who turned 31 in September, is a three-time All-Star who has spent his total seven-season profession with Houston and was the World Collection MVP when the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven video games for his or her first title in 2017. The championship was later tainted when it was found Houston illicitly stole indicators that season.
Springer hit .265 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs throughout the shortened 2020 season, incomes a prorated $7,777,778 from a $21 million wage.
He has a .270 profession common with 174 house runs and 458 RBIs, together with profession bests of .292 with 39 homers and 96 RBIs in 2019.
Beneath new proprietor Steve Cohen, the New York Mets additionally had been mentioned to be inquisitive about Springer.
A sluggish free agent market noticed solely 21 of 181 gamers who grew to become free brokers following the World Collection enter Tuesday with finalized agreements.
The Blue Jays have an rising younger core and are in a position so as to add at the least one main contract earlier than their youthful gamers like Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. earn much more. Toronto has been linked to many of the prime free brokers this winter, however now has the one it wished most.
The upstart Blue Jays went 32-28 throughout the pandemic-altered 2020 season, ending third within the AL East behind Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees and qualifying for the expanded postseason. They had been swept in two video games by the AL champion Rays in a first-round collection.
Toronto had success regardless of transferring its house video games to Buffalo, New York, after the Canadian authorities did not enable the crew to play in Canada due to the COVID-19 threat of frequent journey all through the U.S. It is not clear the place the Blue Jays will start the 2021 season.
The Blue Jays have needed to overpay free brokers to play in Canada earlier than, however the Springer contract will probably be simply the second $100 million-plus deal in crew historical past. Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays agreed to a $126 million, seven-year contract in 2006. On the time it was sixth-largest deal in baseball historical past.
As a result of Springer turned down an $18.9 million qualifying supply, Houston will obtain an additional decide in subsequent July’s beginner draft after the fourth spherical and Toronto will lose its second-highest draft decide and in addition forfeit $500,000 of worldwide signing bonus pool area for the 2022-23 signing interval.