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The Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball reached an agreement with George Springer, a star of the Houston Astros, for the next six years in exchange for $ 150 million, US media reported Tuesday.
The pact was not immediately confirmed by the Blue Jays since the player must still undergo medical examinations, reports from ESPN and the Major League Baseball website said.
A three-time All-Star pick, Springer was one of the most sought-after figures in today’s major league free agent market.
The 31-year-old outfielder had been a member of the Houston Astros since 2014, with whom he won the World Series title in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was also chosen as the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
In 2019 Springer was also key for the Astros to play the World Series again, in which they lost to the Washington Nationals.
The New York Mets were another team interested in taking over Springer, who has a career batting average of .270.
In the past regular season, with a shortened schedule due to the coronavirus, Springer had 14 home runs, the highest number of the Astros, and another four in the playoffs.
In five of the six previous seasons, he had accumulated 20 or more home runs, while his 19 hits in the playoffs are the fourth-best mark in the history of the competition.
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