HOUSTON — This one hurts. We all knew it was coming but we didn't want it to be real.
Late Tuesday night, reports broke that George Springer had reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal is reportedly worth $150 million over the next six years.
The 31-year-old outfielder spent his first seven seasons in a Houston uniform and grew into one of the Houston Astros' franchise greats.
He earned 2017 World Series MVP honors and was named to three All-Star Games.
Springer hit .270 with 174 homers and 458 RBI in 795 games for the Astros. He also was in the top 13 in MVP voting three out of the last four seasons.
According to the reports, Springer's deal is contingent on a physical.
MLB Pipeline reported the Astros will get a comp pick after the fourth round and Toronto will forfeit its second-highest pick (54 overall) and $500,000 from its international bonus pool money.