Outfielder George Springer and the Toronto Blue Jays have consented to a six-year, $150 million agreement, sources affirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
Springer is made a beeline for the Blue Jays’ spring preparing office in Dunedin, Florida, for a physical. On the off chance that all works out as expected, Toronto will get the star it has been searching for the entire winter.
The agreement would be the biggest given out by the Blue Jays in establishment history. Their solitary other agreement that bested $100 million was a $126 million expansion to Vernon Wells in 2006.
Springer, the sparkle plug for the Houston Astros’ offense in the leadoff spot for as far back as four seasons, was perhaps the most pined with the expectation of complimentary specialists available this offseason. He hit a group high 14 grand slams this season and added another four in the postseason, as the Astros lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series.
While a few of his partners battled unpalatably this previous season in the midst of aftermath from the 2017 sign-taking embarrassment, Springer, who acquired a customized $7,777,778 from a $21 million compensation in the wake of evading mediation, has kept on setting up better numbers since – hitting .265 with 32 RBIs in 51 games in 2020 while bringing his strikeout rate down to 17.1%, a lifelong best.
Since Springer turned down a one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer, Houston will get an additional pick in next July’s beginner draft after the fourth round and Toronto will lose its second-most noteworthy draft pick and furthermore relinquish $500,000 of worldwide marking reward pool space for the 2022-23 marking time frame.
Prior to the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season, Springer hit 20 homers in five of the past six seasons. He procured three straight All-Star gestures from 2017 to 2019, and he was named World Series MVP in 2017, when the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
Springer has been at his best during defining moments, hitting 19 postseason homers, which is tied for fourth record-breaking. He likewise positions 6th in slugging rate (.546), seventh in extra-fair hits (34) and is tied for fourteenth in runs scored (43).
Since making his presentation in 2014, Springer has been probably the best hitter out of the leadoff spot in the entirety of baseball, positioning second in grand slams (136), third in RBIs (352) and fourth in hits (665) and extra-fair hits (254). He additionally has hit a first-inning leadoff homer multiple times during his profession, which positions fourth in American League history.
In 2019, Springer set profession highs with a .292 batting normal, a .591 slugging rate, .383 on-base rate and 6.2 WAR (wins above substitution).
Protectively, Springer keeps on being extremely strong as an ordinary community defender at age 31 and could without much of a stretch slide over to both of the corner outfield spots, if necessary. Blue Jays community defenders represented short 7 cautious runs saved in 2020, attached with the New York Yankees for 26th in MLB. Springer represented 6 DRS as a middle defender in 2020, tied for fifth best at the position.
The Blue Jays’ outfield was at that point incredibly profitable on offense in 2020, joining for 40 homers. The lone outfield with a larger number of homers than the Jays had a place with the Dodgers (50).
Generally, in seven seasons with the Astros, Springer has a .270 vocation normal with 174 homers and 458 RBIs.
A moderate free-specialist market saw just 21 of 181 players who turned out to be free specialists following the World Series enter Tuesday with settled arrangements.
Blue Jays Nation previously revealed Springer’s concurrence with Toronto on Tuesday night, while MLB Network originally had the terms.