Could Houston Astros outfielder George Springer have spent his last season with the team? According to reports from ESPN’s Patrick Creighton, there is a strong possibility that the 31-year old could leave the team during free agency. USA Today’s Michael Schwab added the rumor, noting that Springer has a desire to be closer to his family in New Britain, Connecticut.
During the shortened 2020 MLB season, Springer maintained a .265 batting average to go along with 14 home runs and 32 RBIs. He was drafted during the 2011 Draft with the 11th overall selection. As a result, he became the highest draft selection in the history of University of Connecticut.
Springer is expected to become one of multiple talented free agents this offseason. He is a three-time All-Star and was named the 2017 World Series MVP during Houston’s controversial World Series run.
Prior to any reports, Astros General Manager James Click made it clear that re-signing Springer was a top priority.
“Our spending is going to be dependent on what we think 2021 is going to look like operationally and what the market bears out as a result of that. But George Springer, Michael Brantley, it’s obvious to everybody how good they are at the game of baseball right now and how much they bring to this team on and off the field. The question is always, we balance everything and make sure that we put this team in a position to succeed, not only in the short term and long term.”