No surprise here, it’s been rumored for weeks that the Toronto Blue Jays would push hard to sign George Springer. The deal is for six years, $150M. He is 31 now, so this deal will carry him through his age 37 season. He has 3 all star nods, two Silver Sluggers, and was the MVP of the signal-stealing, tainted 2017 WS. If he stays healthy and continues to produce at an all star level, this will be a good signing and he’ll live down the 2017 scandal. (He will no doubt hear boos, particularly in New York, but that was going to happen anyway.).
While various pundits always worded things as “if he leaves the Astros,” that always seemed a foregone conclusion unless they came forward with a deal as good as what the Jays offered. It should be recalled that, in the offseason before his rookie year in 2014, they offered him a seven year, $23M deal. That was widely seen as a very low-ball offer, which he declined. He then suddenly needed a couple more weeks in the minors in the eyes of team management, and he was not brought up until April 16, 2014–a classic case of service time manipulation. That got the Astros the seventh year of control they wanted, and angered their player (who, I’m sure) never forgot how that all went down). How low ball was that offered $23M? He made over $50M going year by year through his arbitration years.