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.
Springer went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI in Monday's ALDS Game 1 win over Oakland.
Springer could hardly have set the table any better for the Astros, reaching base in each of his first four trips to the plate. The veteran certainly hasn't faded on the big stage throughout the Astros' run of success, as he owns a career .276/.362/.553 slash line in 53 playoff games, homering 15 times.
Springer isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Rangers.
Springer will retreat to the bench Saturday along with several other starters after the Astros clinched a postseason spot Friday. Myles Straw will start in center field, leading off.
Springer went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and another run scored during Thursday's win over the Rangers.
Springer extended Houston's lead with a three-run homer against Lance Lynn in the second inning. It was the team-leading 14th long ball of the season for the 31-year-old, who has now hit safely across the last 11 games.
Springer returned to the lineup and went 1-for-5 in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Mariners.
Springer was given a rest day Monday by manager Dusty Baker, who was influenced by Statcast data that indicated the outfielder was a high risk for injury. There should be no such off-days the rest of the season, which has five games remaining.
Springer was given a rest day Monday because Statcast data indicated he was a high risk for injury, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
In a series crucial to Houston's playoff hopes, the Astros played without its hottest hitter. Springer launched a pair of home runs Sunday and was 9-for-33 with five homers in eight straight starts since the team's previously scheduled off-day. "The Statcast data is kind of new to me, kind of new to baseball, and it's pretty accurate," manager Dusty Baker said. "We decided today would be the day." Baker cited similar data that indicated Alex Bregman was a risk for injury Aug. 19 in Colorado. That day, Bregman pulled his hamstring and missed three weeks. With just six games remaining in the regular season and a postseason berth to be secured, Springer should be able to play all six games if needed.
Springer will sit Monday against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
There haven't been any indications that this is anything other than a routine day off for Springer, who's started the last 22 games for the Astros, hitting nine homers and posting a 1.033 OPS over that stretch. Myles Straw serves as the center fielder in his absence.
Springer went 3-for-4 with two solo homers and a stolen base in Sunday's 3-2 win over Arizona.
Springer got the Astros on the board with his solo shot in the sixth inning off Taylor Widener and tied the contest at 2-2 with another homer in the seventh. The rest of the Houston lineup combined for just two hits. The 31-year-old outfielder is slashing .253/.345/.529 with 13 long balls this season.
Springer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Springer reached base on errors in the first and third innings, and he scored on a wild pitch in the first. He added his solo shot in the fifth inning for his 11th homer of the season. Springer has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games, going 11-for-40 (.275) with four homers, six RBI and nine runs scored in that span.
Springer went 1-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.
Springer led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, his 10th of the season. It was his second consecutive game with a homer, and he now has three long balls in his last five starts. Overall, he's hitting.240/.345/.493 with 30 runs scored and 25 RBI across 179 plate appearances.
Springer went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Springer took Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro deep in the sixth inning for the Astros' lone run of the game. The Dodgers bullpen also limited the Astros to just four hits. Springer is slashing .240/.343/.479 with nine homers, 24 RBI and 28 runs scored through 40 contests in 2020.
Springer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Oakland.
Springer needed just four pitches from Athletics starter Jesus Luzardo before he opened the scoring. The homer was Springer's eighth of the year, to go with 22 RBI, 26 runs scored and a .241/.352/.474 slash line through 37 contests. He's hit safely in his last nine games, going 13-for-35 (.371) with three homers, five RBI and 10 runs scored in that span.
Springer went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Angels on Saturday.
Springer took Dillon Peters deep in the first inning with a solo shot, and then he added a two-run blast off Jacob Barnes in the fifth. He has seven homers this season and extended his hitting streak to four games, with three of those contests seeing him produce two or more hits.
Springer went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Oakland.
Springer went 1-for-4 in the opening game of the twin bill and collected a pair of hits in the nightcap. He took Frankie Montas deep to left field in the second inning for his fifth long ball of the season. Springer entered Saturday having gone 0-for-10 over his previous three games and is hitting only .209 overall this season.
Springer (elbow) will man center field and hit leadoff in Friday's game against the A's, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Springer sat out both ends of the doubleheader the Astros played Tuesday, but it turns out that will be the extent of his absence, as he will return to action Friday. Springer will be looking to get back on track after going 0-for-10 over the last three games he appeared in.
Springer (elbow) is unavailable to hit in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels but he is available off the bench for defense if needed, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
We already knew Springer was unlikely to start in either game of the twin bill. X-rays on Springer's elbow revealed a bruise, so he is considered day-to-day. Myles Straw is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Game 1.
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|10/15||vs TB||W 4-3||4||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|10/14||vs TB||W 4-3||4||1||3||1||2||0||0|
|10/13||vs TB||L 2-5||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|10/12||@ TB||L 2-4||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|10/11||@ TB||L 1-2||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|10/08||vs OAK||W 11-6||5||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|10/07||vs OAK||L 7-9||4||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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|2012||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||22||73||8||16||3||0||2||5||6||25||4||2||.219||.287||.343|
|2013||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||73||273||56||81||20||0||19||55||42||96||23||5||.297||.399||.579|
|2013||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||62||219||50||68||7||4||18||53||41||65||22||3||.310||.425||.626|
|2014||AAA-Oklahoma City Redhaw||13||51||17||18||4||1||3||9||9||15||4||0||.353||.459||.647|
|2014||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||3||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||3||1||2||0||.250||.571||.500|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||5||18||4||5||1||0||0||0||2||6||1||0||.278||.350||.333|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||3||10||3||4||0||0||2||5||4||1||1||0||.400||.571||1.000|