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Oct 16, 2020; San Diego, California, USA; Houston Astros center fielder George Springer (4) rounds third base with his tongue out on his way to score against the Tampa Bay Rays on an RBI double hit by second baseman Jose Altuve (not pictured) during the fifth inning during game six of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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The Red Sox addressed their own outfield by signing free agent Hunter Renfroe in December. They may have an opening soon if they decide to trade Andrew Benintendi.

Their recent moves have focused more on the pitching staff, as they added journeyman Matt Andriese and re-signed starter Martin Perez.

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.

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