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Report: Springer headed to AL East rival on massive deal

Red Sox

George Springer isn't headed to Boston, but the Red Sox will see plenty of him over the next several years.

The free-agent outfielder has agreed to a six-year, $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Tuesday night.

Springer was a potential option for the Red Sox after he declined the Houston Astros' qualifying offer to hit free agency. But the 31-year-old's price tag likely was too rich for Chaim Bloom's blood, as Boston's president of baseball operations appears more focused on acquiring prospects and low-cost veterans than handing out megadeals to players north of 30.

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The Blue Jays are in a different boat, however. Toronto also reached a deal with free-agent reliever Kirby Yates on Tuesday, per reports, and have been very aggressive in trying to build a club that can compete with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East.

In fact, Springer's $150 million deal will be the largest contract in Blue Jays history, surpassing that of Vernon Wells' $126 million extension in 2006. The three-time All-Star will add pop to a talented lineup highlighted by burgeoning stars in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez.