Be gone from the AL West, George Springer!
No longer will the All-Star outfielder continue to be a Texas Rangers killer in 2021 and beyond, as Springer has reportedly agreed to terms on a six-year, $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan was first to report the agreement, with MLB Network’s Jon Heyman following shortly after with contract details.
George Springer made his debut with the Houston Astros in 2014, rising meteorically over his time with that organization to become one of the best players at his position, if not in all of baseball.
Springer and the Astros “won” a World Series title in 2017 and made a second appearance in three years in 2019, losing to the Washington Nationals.
George Springer always showed up against the Texas Rangers.
But trust us when we say that the Texas Rangers will most certainly not miss the 31-year-old outfielder and his admittedly electrifying bat/glove combination.
Like when he used that glove to rob Leonys Martin of a walk off grand slam in 2015.
Yeah, we won’t miss him patrolling center field at Globe Life Field in Astros blue and orange 18 times a year.
Springer also became a Texas Rangers killer in short order with the bat. In 2019, Springer had 1.106 (!) OPS against the Rangers and followed that up with an .875 OPS against them in 2020.
To aptly summarize, the 31-year-old loved tormenting Texas and their fans over the course of his Astros career.
And while the Rangers have had some history with the Blue Jays (especially in the postseason) over the last five or six years, they would much rather only have to face Springer and his new team six times a year rather than the 18 times that come with being a division rival.
With George Springer now out of the picture in Houston, the AL West just became slightly less competitive, while also weakening the Texas Rangers’ arch, in-state rivals.
Good riddance, George. The Rangers are glad you’re gone.