The pre-arbitration news continues to roll in on the final day of filing for players and teams. The Houston Astros have reached an agreement with outfielder George Springer for a one-year, $3.9 million deal to avoid arbitration, reports the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.
The Astros and George Springer settled on a one-year deal worth $3.9 million to avoid arbitration.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) January 13, 2017
Springer is considered one the Astros’ key building blocks for the future, arguably a five-tool player that bats leadoff for the Astros with power, speed, excellent outfield defense, and a cannon for an arm.
He batted .261 (168x644) with 29 doubles, 29 home runs, 82 RBIs, 116 runs scored, 88 walks and 178 strikeouts in 162 games played last season. Springer batted .261 (122x467) and a .816 OPS in 116 games as the Astros leadoff hitter.
The 2011 first round pick out of UConn will likely make the switch to his natural position of center field with the additions of Jos Reddick and Nori Aoki to the Astros outfield.
The $3.9 million figure is below the MLB Trade Rumors projection of $4.7 million.
The Astros have signed five of their nine arbitration eligible to this point: Nori Aoki, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, and Jake Marisnick.
Marwin Gonzalez, Will Harris, Miek Fiers, and Collin McHugh remain without an agreement.