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Blue Jays Interested In Signing George Springer

Nov 17, 2020 8:44 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays may be willing to spend this offseason and one of the players they may target is George Springer.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Springer will sign a five-year, $125 million contract.

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J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, DJ LeMahieu Reject Qualifying Offer

Nov 12, 2020 8:39 AM

J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and DJ LeMahieu all rejected qualifying offers on Wednesday, the deadline for players who received the $18.9 million offer to decide on it.

National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer had previously rejected his offer.

If the four players sign with another team in free agency, their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation at the end of the first round in the 2021 draft or at the end of competitive balance round B.

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Astros Trying To Work Out New Contract With Michael Brantley

Nov 10, 2020 8:49 AM

The Houston Astros are trying to work out a new contract with Michael Brantley.

There is mutual interest in a reunion, according to a report.

With George Springer and Josh Reddick free agents as well, the Astros may want to maintain some stability in the outfield.

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Jeff Luhnow Files Suit Against Astros, Says He Was 'Scapegoated'

Nov 10, 2020 8:38 AM

Jeff Luhnow has filed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros for breach of contract, seeking more than $22 million after alleging his firing was through a "negotiated resolution" between owner Jim Crane and Rob Manfred that allowed the Astros to keep their 2017 World Series championship.

Luhnow's attorneys wrote in the filing that the agreement between Crane and Manfred "scapegoated Luhnow for a sign-stealing scandal that he had no knowledge of and played no part in."

The former general manager has repeatedly denied involvement or knowledge of Houston's transgressions.

Luhnow is seeking restitution that includes his remaining compensation owed, plus attorney fees and court costs. He is also seeking a jury trial.

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Red Sox Could Go After George Springer In Free Agency

Nov 5, 2020 8:49 AM

George Springer is a free agent and Jon Heyman believes he'll get a contract in the range of $80 million over four years.

While appearing on the 'Big-Time Baseball' Podcast, Heyman mentioned Springer as a replacement for Jackie Bradley, Jr. with the Boston Red Sox.

"A great Connecticut athlete ... I'm gonna guess four for 80 -- in a different market he would probably do even better than that," Heyman said. "I'm gonna say he stays in New England and goes to the Red Sox, who are gonna let Jackie Bradley Jr. go somewhere else."

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Six Players Receive $18.9M Qualifying Offer

Nov 2, 2020 8:29 AM

Six Major League players received the $18.9 million qualifying offer on Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, DJ LeMahieu, J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and Marcus Stroman received the offer from their current clubs.

Players have 10 days to accept or reject the offer. If they reject it, they'll become free agents, though the teams signing them will be required to give up draft compensation to do so.

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Report: George Springer 'Does Not Want To Return' To Astros

Oct 30, 2020 8:46 AM

George Springer doesn't want to re-sign with the Houston Astros, according to a report out of the city.

The Astros will already be without Justin Verlander (Tommy John) in 2021 and they have impending free agents in Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick.

The report that Springer "does not want to return" to Houston, from Patrick Creighton of ESPN 97.5, has not been confirmed by other sources.

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Jeff Luhnow Again Denies Role In Astros' Sign-Stealing Scandal

Oct 20, 2020 8:38 AM

In an interview that aired on Monday, Jeff Luhnow once again denied that he knew about the Houston Astros' sign stealing in 2017 and 2018, and said individuals who were involved with the scandal are still working for the club.

Luhnow hadn't made any public comments since issuing a statement after being fired in January.

The former general manager told Houston TV station KPRC he got access to 22,000 text messages from Astros video room personnel after he was fired because of the scandal. He said the messages clearly show the scope of the cheating and exonerate him from wrongdoing.

"It's pretty clear who was involved in the video-decoding scheme, when it started, how often it happened and basically when it ended. And it's also pretty clear who was not involved," Luhnow said. "And I don't know why that information, that evidence, wasn't discussed in the ruling, wasn't used. The people who were involved that didn't leave naturally to go to other teams are all still employed by the Astros.

"In fact, one of the people who was intimately involved, I had demoted from a position in the clubhouse to a position somewhere else, and after I was fired, he was promoted back into the clubhouse. So none of those people faced any repercussions. They weren't discussed in the report, but the evidence is all there that they were involved."

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Astros Laud Team Unity After ALCS Loss

Oct 19, 2020 9:31 AM

The Houston Astros very nearly completed a comeback from a 3-0 hole against the Tampa Bay Rays.

They lost in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night.

The Astros were ridiculed, roasted and ripped all year long under a large, dark cloud after the revelations of the scope of the team's scheme to steal opponents' signs with a center-field camera and relay them to Houston's batters, partly by banging a trash can.

"The legacy of this group is that these guys are ballplayers, and these guys are men," Dusty Baker said. "They've been through a whole bunch other than on the ballfield, and these guys can forget whatever problems that they've had that's out there and come together as a group. These guys will be forever friends."

Houston won two of the previous three American League pennants and the 2017 World Series championship.

"I've never had so much fun playing baseball as I did with this group of guys," Carlos Correa said. "Everything -- the pandemic hit, spring training 2.0, everything, we didn't fold. We kept battling."

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Rays Beat Astros, Advance To World Series

Oct 18, 2020 12:59 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays, a team of anonymous stars, are headed to the World Series after holding off baseball's most infamous team.

The Rays held on to beat the Houston Astros 4-2 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday, ending Houston's bid to become the second team in baseball history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series.

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Carlos Correa Calls Walk-Off Home Run: 'I'm Going To End It'

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Zack Greinke: Don't Miss Having Fans In Stands

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Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan Dies At 77

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George Springer Passes Babe Ruth In Playoff Home Runs

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Zack Greinke 'Ailing Some' With Soreness In Arm

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Alex Bregman Has Homered On Four Straight October 5ths

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Justin Verlander Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

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Carlos Correa On Critics: 'What Are They Going To Say Now?'

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Yuli Gurriel Takes Pay Cut To Remain With Astros

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Hunter Pence Announces Retirement After 14-Year Career

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Justin Verlander Needs Tommy John Surgery

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Carlos Correa Exits After Fouling Ball Off Ankle

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Justin Verlander Could Return For Postseason

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Jose Altuve To Have MRI On Right Knee

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Astros Release Fernando Rodney

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Athletics-Astros Game Postponed After Positive Test

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Angels-Astros Postponed Due To Hurricane Laura

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Astros' Yordan Alvarez To Have Knee Surgery, Out For Season

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Ramon Laureano Suspended 6 Games; Alex Cintron Banned 20 Games

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Ramon Laureano: Vile Remark Led To Brawl With Astros

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