Springer, tainted Astros settle on $21M, 1-year contract




Springer, tainted Astros settle on $21M, 1-year contract
Springer, tainted Astros settle on $21M, 1-year contract  

HOUSTON (AP) -- George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday.

Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the midpoint. He made $12.15 million last year.

The 30-year-old outfielder set career highs last season, hitting 39 home runs with 96 RBIs while batting .292. He was an All-Star for the third straight season.

Springer led Houston to its first World Series title in 2017, hitting five homers in the seven-game win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He connected in the final four games of the matchup.

This week, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a report that detailed a cheating scheme by the Astros in the 2017 regular season and postseason to steal catchers' signals using video feeds and relay them to their hitters Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended by MLB and then fired by the team.

Alex Cora, the bench coach for Houston in 2017, was let go this week as Boston's manager. Carlos Beltran was the only player named in the MLB report - hired last November to manage the New York Mets, he was let go Thursday.

Springer and the Astros lost last year's World Series to Washington in seven games. In 14 World Series games, he has hit .339 with seven home runs.

Springer can earn additional bonus money this year, including $200,000 for regular-season MVP, $175,000 for second, $150,000 for third, $125,000 and fourth and $100,000 for fifth. He would get $100,000 for World Series MVP and $75,000 each for an All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and League Championship Series MVP.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

COMMENTS

More Related News

Astros greeted with boos in first spring training game
Astros greeted with boos in first spring training game

Fans loudly voiced their displeasure as the Astros and Nationals met to open their Grapefruit League seasons, even as Houston sent out a lineup completely lacking any regulars.

Reddick says he, teammates have received death threats
Reddick says he, teammates have received death threats

On the day Houston outfielder Josh Reddick said he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team's sign-stealing scandal, union head Tony Clark said safety had become an issue for some of his members. ''There are undoubtedly concerns out there based on some of the

MLB 2020 odds and American League West win total predictions: What to do with the Astros?
MLB 2020 odds and American League West win total predictions: What to do with the Astros?

The sign-stealing scandal has impacted the Houston Astros MLB odds, with their season win total set at 94.5. The rest of the American League West will be out for blood, which could provide some added MLB betting value in the division. Andrew Caley previews the AL West and gives his MLB picks for each

MLB was told about the Astros
MLB was told about the Astros' system years ago and did nothing

Jonathan Lucroy said that the Athletics informed MLB of the Astros sign-stealing in 2018 and the league did nothing.

Ortiz: Fiers
Ortiz: Fiers 'looking like a snitch' in Astros cheating

Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that Astros pitcher Mike Fiers was "looking like a snitch" for disclosing the team's cheating scandal only after he had left the team. "Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it?" Ortiz said after arriving

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Baseball