Report: George Springer, Astros Agree on $21M Contract for 2020 Season

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2020

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29:  George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebrates his leadoff double against the Washington Nationals during the first inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer reportedly reached an agreement Thursday on a one-year, $21 million contract for the 2020 season to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Mark Feinsand of the MLB Network reported the update and noted the deal includes an "awards package."

Springer, the 2017 World Series MVP, is coming off the most complete offensive season of his six-year career with the Astros. He posted a .292/.383/.591 triple-slash line with 39 home runs in 122 appearances, which equates to a 52-homer pace across a 162-game season.

The 30-year-old Connecticut native ranked eighth among all qualified hitters with a .974 OPS and 10th among position players in WAR (6.5), per FanGraphs.

"I love it here. This is a good spot for me, and we'll have to see what the future brings," Springer told reporters in March about Houston. "At some point, I would speak to my agent, and we'd go from there."

The new one-year deal covers his final arbitration-eligible season. He'll become an unrestricted free agent next offseason if the sides can't come to terms on an extension.

Houston is in a period of transition after general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were fired after MLB announced one-year suspensions for both related to the team's sign-stealing scandal from the 2017 season, which ended with the Astros winning the World Series.

They still feature one of the league's most talented rosters heading into 2020. Springer is joined by Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley in a lineup supplemented by a rotation headlined by Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.

The Astros rank second in 2020 World Series odds at +600 behind only the New York Yankees (+350), according to Caesars Sportsbook.

Springer, Brantley, Josh Reddick, Yulieski Gurriel and Brad Peacock are all potential free agents after the season, however, which adds some extra pressure to the club's 2020 title pursuit.

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