George Springer will spend the next six years of his career in the American League East – and not in Boston. The Toronto Blue Jays swooped in to sign the top free-agent slugger to a six-year, $150 million contract, as first reported by Jon Heyman on Tuesday.
Springer is coming off a season in which he blasted 14 home runs in just 51 games for the Astros. In 2019, he launched 39 homers in 122 games. His 174 career home runs since 2014 ranks 15th in the majors.
He’s also been a proven postseason performer. Springer hit 19 home runs with an .895 OPS in 63 playoff games with the Astros.
Boston was never reported or rumored as a serious contender to sign Springer themselves. But now they’ll have to deal with his bat a lot more often.