George Springer, Astros agree on $21 million salary for 2020

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The Astros and outfielder George Springer could not come to an agreement before last week’s deadline for arbitration-eligible players and their teams to submit salary figures. Springer filed at $22.5 million while the Astros submitted $17.5 million.

Teams and players can still reach an agreement prior to going to an arbitration hearing next month. Per’s Mark Feinsand, that’s what happened with the Astros and Springer. The two sides agreed on a $21 million salary for the 2020 season plus incentives for winning awards.

Springer, 30, had the best season of his career last year, batting .292/.383/.591 with 39 home runs, 96 RBI, and 96 runs scored over 556 plate appearances. Baseball Reference credited him with 6.2 Wins Above Replacement, an outstanding number.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.