Reason George Springer Won’t Sign With The SF Giants:
The season isn’t over yet, but the Houston Astros will be coming off another strong postseason run. Looking to the offseason, three of the Stros primary outfielders (Springer, Josh Reddick, and Michael Brantley) are set for free agency. The three were scheduled to make $60 million in 2020 prior to the pandemic shortened season.
Needless to say, they have plenty of payroll flexibility going forward. While Houston has pinched pennies in a number of ways, they’ve clearly prioritized maintaining their core. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman are under contract with the organization through 2024 and Springer is next in line for a big deal.
Aside from the money freed up by Brantley and Reddick’s expiring contracts, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander’s deals both expire after next season, which will remove another $68 million from Houston’s payroll.
Could the Giants outbid the Astros? Probably. However, Zaidi has shown no inclination to blow anyone’s offer out of the water. Even with Harper, it was only after his market did not materialize as his agent Scott Boras thought it would that the Giants circled back and made an offer in line with the others. If the Astros and Giants are offering similar deals, one has to think Springer would prefer to stay put.
As the SF Giants watch the final games of the 2020 MLB postseason, they’re surely thinking about how they can reach the postseason in 2021. Considering players like George Springer is surely a part of their offseason preparations. However, barring an unforeseen change in the market, it’d be a surprise to see Springer playing in a Giants uniform next year.