Days after the team fired its manager and GM, the Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer agreed on a $21 million salary for 2020 to avoid arbitration, according to a report from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
Springer, a free agent after the 2020 season, was initially seeking $22.5 million, while the club was offering him $17.5 million. That was the biggest gap among the 20 players around the league who had swapped figures for arbitration.
The 30-year-old, who made $12.2 million in 2019, is coming off the best year of his career. He set personal bests with a .292 average, 39 home runs, 96 RBI and a .974 OPS despite being limited to 122 games.
Springer's new deal is a reminder that life goes on for the Astros – devastated by their sign-stealing scandal – as they try to pick up the pieces and make a run at a fourth consecutive trip to the postseason.
He was MVP of the World Series in 2017, batting batting .379 with five home runs in a seven-game triumph over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Announcing the firings on Monday, Astros owner Jim Crane said he was overseeing baseball operations for the time being.
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