World Series MVP George Springer, Astros avoid arbitration with new deal
The World Series MVP will not have to endure an arbitration hearing before spring training begins after George Springer and the Houston Astros agreed to a two-year deal.
Springer's contract is reportedly worth $24million following Monday's announcement.
Now MLB champions the Astros will not have to sit in a room with one of their franchise centrepieces and argue why he is not worth the $10.5m he had requested for 2018 as opposed to the team's proposed $8.5m salary. The 28-year-old made $3.9m last season.
"I'm happy that we reached a multiyear deal with George, recognising his accomplishments and his contribution, but also recognizing there's more to come," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We're excited to be able to turn our focus to winning ballgames and not what the player has or hasn't done, because in George's case, he's been pretty exceptional."
The #Astros have agreed to a two-year contract with All-Star outfielder George Springer, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today. With the agreement, the Astros and Springer avoided an arbitration hearing. pic.twitter.com/VvblQmnyli— Houston Astros (@astros) February 5, 2018
The All-Star outfielder is coming off a season in which he hit .283/.367/.522 for a career-best .889 OPS with 34 home runs.
He was even better when it counted most, hitting .379 with a 1.471 OPS and five home runs in Houston's seven-game World Series triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.