Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has made it clear that he wants to re-sign outfielder George Springer.
Crane has reportedly reached out to Springer’s representatives about the possibility of signing an extension with the organization.
The Astros selected Springer in the first round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. He has spent each of the last six seasons in the big leagues with Houston. The three-time All-Star is well deserving of an extension after what he’s done on the field over the last three or four seasons.
Should Houston Bring Springer Back?
The 30-year-old outfielder is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. It’s not surprising that Houston wants to extend Springer after what he did in 2019. He slashed .292/.383/.591 with 39 home runs and 96 RBI through 122 games last season. His batting average, home runs, and runs knocked in were all career highs for the slugging outfielder. Springer has been a productive bat in the Astros lineup for quite some time, and has earned a massive extension.
The Astros already have superstars Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman locked into large long-term deals. They need to focus on extending the players that are crucial to their organization. Star shortstop Carlos Correa is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season. At some point, the Astros will need to make a decision about which players are a core part of their long-term plans.
The good news is Crane has already reached out to Springer’s representatives, which means they want to keep him around. Houston has Josh Reddick, Michael Brantley, and Springer all coming off the books during the same offseason. All three of their starting outfielders are set to become free agents at the same time. However, Houston is already getting ahead of the issue and beginning discussions with Springer.
George Springer is going to get a significant raise after what he’s done on the field over the last few seasons. The Astros organization could find a way to pull it off, but it might mean lower payroll in other areas. Houston might end up having to let some of their veteran options walk after signing Springer to a long-term extension. Clearly, the Astros are interested in keeping Springer, so fans should hear more about this topic throughout the 2020 season.