Report: Astros, Springer $5M apart in arbitration case
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The Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer could not reach an agreement on a new contract before Friday's arbitration deadline and are expected to head to a hearing thanks to a $5-million gap in exchanged salary figures, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The gap is the largest of the offseason between a team and an arbitration-eligible player, Passan adds.

Springer and the Astros can still negotiate after Friday's deadline. If a deal is not reached by February, a panel of arbitrators will determine the 30-year-old's 2020 salary during a hearing set to take place at some point between Feb. 3-21.

Springer's $22.5-million ask follows his best season in the majors. He hit .292/.383/.591 with 39 home runs and 96 RBIs in 122 games, while appearing in his third All-Star Game and finishing seventh in American League MVP voting.

Report: Astros, Springer $5M apart in arbitration case
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