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Series MVP George Springer, Astros reach $24 million, 2-year deal

File - Houston Astros' George Springer reacts after hitting a double during the first inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2017. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
File - Houston Astros' George Springer reacts after hitting a double during the first inning of Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2017. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
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HOUSTON – World Series MVP George Springer and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing Monday to a $24 million, two-year contract.

Springer gets $12 million annually under the deal and will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2019 season. The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday.

He asked for a raise from $4,075,000 to $10.5 million and was offered $8.5 million. His case was bolstered when Mookie Betts defeated Boston in the first hearing last week and was awarded $10.5 million rather than the team’s $7.5 million offer.

Springer tied the World Series record with five runs homers, homering in each of the final four games, as Houston won its first title. Springer batted .379 (11 for 29) with five walks in the seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set career bests during the season with a .283 average, 34 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Houston lost to closer Ken Giles in a case decided Saturday and remains scheduled with a hearing for pitcher Collin McHugh.

Players are 5-2 in cases decided thus far and 17 remain scheduled for hearings through Feb. 16. Twenty-four would be the most hearings since 1990.

AP-WF-02-05-18 1604GMT

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