MLB

Springer, Astros settle on one-year deal

By Sports Desk January 16, 2020

George Springer and the tainted Houston Astros avoided arbitration by settling on a one-year deal.

Astros star Springer will reportedly earn $21million in 2020 following Thursday's announcement.

The deal comes as the sign-sealing scandal engulfs the Astros – who sacked general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

Luhnow and Hinch were fired after the duo were handed one-year suspensions following an MLB investigation into allegations of sign stealing.

The Astros were fined $5m and forced to forfeit their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts.

In a statement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the Astros were warned about the league's policies on sign stealing in September 2017 and "took no action" to comply with these during their run to a maiden World Series title later that season.

Springer – a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger – was a key figure in Houston's triumphant season, crowned World Series MVP.

The 30-year-old has called Houston home since he was drafted by the Astros in 2011, while he made his debut three years later.

Related items

  • Coronavirus: MLB owners approve deal to grant players service time Coronavirus: MLB owners approve deal to grant players service time

    Major League Baseball owners have approved an agreement with the Players Association that will allow players to accrue service time if the 2020 season is shortened or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    With players having agreed to the 17-page agreement on Thursday, the deal was approved by owners on Friday.

    The terms of the deal include teams advancing $170 million for player payments during the hiatus that will not have to be reimbursed, though players will have to forfeit their salaries in the event a season cannot be played.

    Players, such as big names Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, George Springer and J.T. Realmuto, who are set to become free agents after the 2020 season will also be allowed to test the market later in the year.

    MLB will also have the right to cut the 2020 amateur draft from 40 rounds to five and the 2021 draft to 20 rounds, and signing bonuses will remain at 2019 levels for players selected in 2020.

    Both sides also agreed to potentially increase the amount of double-headers and conduct games without fans once the season is cleared to begin, as well as the possibility of playing postseason games at neutral sites in November to reduce weather concerns.

    Opening day was scheduled to begin Thursday, but MLB has pushed back the start of the season until mid-May at the earliest as a result of the spread of COVID-19.

  • MLB players reportedly agree to deal to keep service time MLB players reportedly agree to deal to keep service time

    MLB players are reportedly set to agree on a deal with teams that would allow them to keep their service time if the 2020 season is called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    This would mean players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still be able to test the free-agent market even if there is no season.

    Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, George Springer and JT Realmuto are some of the biggest names eligible to be free agents.

    Also as part of this agreement, management has the right to cut the 2020 amateur draft from 40 rounds to five and the 2021 draft to 20.

    Players have agreed to this 17-page deal, and teams are set to approve it on Friday, according to ESPN.

    Players and teams are open to an increase in doubleheaders and playing games without fans in the early portion of the season in an effort to squeeze in as many games as possible. Both sides also agreed to possibly playing postseason games into November in potential neutral sites.

    Opening day was scheduled to be Thursday but will not start until mid-May at the earliest as a result of the spread of COVID-19.

  • Rangers' Calhoun cleared for workouts Rangers' Calhoun cleared for workouts

    The Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun revealed he had been cleared for workouts in his recovery from a broken jaw.

    Calhoun's tweet was sent the same day that was scheduled to be opening day of the 2020 season before the coronavirus pandemic caused MLB to postpone the games.

    His jaw was broken when he was hit in the face by a fastball from the Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias on March 8. He had surgery the next day.

    "Got cleared to start doing my daily workouts and baseball activities again," Calhoun wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "Let's go."

    The 25-year-old Calhoun is projected to be the Rangers' everyday left-fielder after hitting 21 home runs in 309 at-bats last season and with Texas trading outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara in the offseason.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.