One of the team’s beat reporters, Alyson Footer, tweeted a quote from GM Ed Wade in which he declared that the agreement was reached with just minutes to spare before the league deadline to sign current draftees, “literally”.
Full details on the contract itself remain sketchy, but Brian McTaggart of MLB.com is citing a source (also through Twitter) who claims that Springer will receive a guaranteed $2.525 million.
Many with knowledge of the situation feared that the two sides may not be able to get something worked out in advance of the deadline. Fuel was thrown on to this fire when it was leaked that Springer’s party met with the Long Island Ducks (an independent ballclub) in late-July.
That Springer was already looking into alternate options offered plenty of reason to believe that he was nowhere close to signing with the Astros.
The former Connecticut Huskies star is an extremely athletic, all-around talent who should make every Houston fan feel very fortunate and proud to have joining their team long-term.
I’m not sure what took so long to get this thing done, but I am thrilled that they nabbed him!