Outfielders George Springer and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a six-year, $ 150 million contract, sources have confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passon.
The contract would be the largest contract awarded by Blue Jas in franchise history. His only second contract, which topped $ 100 million, was a $ 126 million extension for Vernon Wells.
Springer heads the Blue Jayce Spring Training Facility for Physical in Dunedin, Florida. If all goes according to plan, Toronto will find the star it was looking for all winter.
Springer, the sparkplug for the Houston Astros’ offense in the leadoff spot for the last four seasons, was one of the most coveted free agents on the market this offseason. He hit a team-high 14 home runs this season and added another four in the postseason as the Astro lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship Series.
While many of his teammates struggled aggressively last season amid the 2017 sign-stealing scandal, Springer, who made $ 21 million on a one-year deal after avoiding arbitration, has steadily improved ever since. The number has continued to increase. A career best, with 32 RBI in 51 games in 2020, reducing his strike rate to 17.1%.
He passed on a one-year, $ 18.9 million qualifying offer by the Astros, who would receive a draft compensation with the signing of a new team.
Before the epidemic in the 2020 season, Springer hit 20 home runs in five of the last six seasons. He earned three straight All-Star nods from 2017–19, and was named the 2017 World Series MVP in 2017, when the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven matches.
Springer has been at his best during the big moments, hitting 19 postseason home runs, the fourth all-time. He is sixth in slugging percentage (.546), seventh in extra-base hits (34) and 14th in runs scored (43).
Since making his debut in 2014, Springer has been one of the best hitters out of the leadoff spot in all of baseball, second in home runs (136), third in RBIs (352) and fourth in hits (665) and extra-ESPN. Base hit (254) according to statistics and information. He made his first inning debut at home 39 times during his career, finishing fourth in American League history.
In 2019, Springer set career highs with a .292 batting average, .591 slugging percentage, .383 on-base percentage and 6.2 WAR (wins over substitutions).
Defensively, Springer remains very solid at the age of 31 as a center fielder everyday and can easily move into a corner outfield spot if needed. The Blue Jayce Center fielders saved a -7 defensive run for 2020, tied for 26th in the MLB with the New York Yankees. Springer replaced 6 DRS as a center fielder in 2020, tied for fifth best at the post.
Overall, in seven seasons with the Astros, Springer has a .270 career average with 174 home runs and 458 home runs.
Blue Jace Nation first reported the agreement Tuesday night, while MLB Network previously had terms.
ESPN statistics and information contributed to this report.