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.
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.