All-Star outfielder George Springer became the most prominent among baseball's free agents to reach an agreement this offseason, a $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. Springer, who turned 31 in September, is a three-time All-Star who has spent his entire seven-season career with Houston and was the World Series MVP when the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games for their first title in 2017. A slow free agent market saw only 21 of 181 players who became free agents following the World Series enter Tuesday with finalized agreements.
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was memorialized during a private service at Dodger Stadium before his burial on Tuesday. Former Dodgers catcher and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, retired player and major league manager Bobby Valentine, retired Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros, retired player and coach Mickey Hatcher, former Dodgers pitcher Charlie Hough, and former NBA coach Mike Fratello were among the 10 pallbearers.
The Angels reached agreement with free-agent left-hander José Quintana on a one-year, $8-million deal on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. Quintana has made more than 30 starts seven times in nine seasons.