Springer won't exercise his $18.9 million qualifying offer prior to Wednesday's deadline, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Even though many teams are expected to be more conservative with their spending this offseason following the pandemic-shortened 60-game 2020 campaign, Springer likely won't struggle to land a multi-year deal that comes close to matching -- if not surpassing -- $18.9 million in annual average value. Though his production in 2020 represented a step back from his career-best 2019 season, the 31-year-old was still a well-above average hitter (.263/.359/.540 slash line, 146 wRC+).
Springer was extended a $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Astros on Sunday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Springer will likely decline the qualifying offer and seek a multi-year deal on the open market, but it remains to be seen what the market will be like for a 31-year-old outfielder in what is expected to be a tepid, slow-moving offseason. He hit .265/.359/.540 with 14 home runs in 51 games this year and was worth 1.9 fWAR, which ranked ninth among all outfielders.
Springer went 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Game 6 of the ALCS. Springer came to the plate in the fifth inning with runners on second and third and delivered a two-run single to put Houston up 2-1. It was his only knock of the game, but it jumpstarted the Astros' offense as they never lost the lead and forced a seventh game. Springer has been a major part of the team's postseason success, as he's hitting .283/.321/.528 with four home runs, 10 RBI and eight runs scored across 12 contests.
Springer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Astros' Game 5 win over the Rays on Thursday. Carlos Correa will get all the glory after his walkoff homer, but Springer was the one who got the scoring started for Houston with his solo shot off opener John Curtiss in the first inning. A free agent this winter, Springer should be headed for a big payday after slashing .265/.359/.540 with 14 homers during the regular season.
Springer went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI during Tuesday's Game 2 win over Oakland. The 31-year-old collected four hits during Game 1 of the ALDS on Monday, and he came back Tuesday to power Houston's offense once again. Springer is 7-for-18 (.389 average) with two homers, one double, three runs and five RBI through four playoff games this year.