Spring It On: Springs Signs 4yrs, $31M Extension with the Rays
The Rays aren't done giving out contracts yet this offseason. Jeffery Springs and the Rays came to an agreement today, as Springs will receive a 4-year, $31-million contract.
Springs, who is 30, will have this base contract at $31 million; however, according to multiple sources, the contract can max out at $65.75 million in terms of the option at the end of the contract.
Springs, who should be fighting for a starting rotation role, has been a very solid arm in the Rays' rotation, throwing a 2.46 ERA last season with Tampa Bay, by far his best season to date.
Despite early reports that he struggled with the Rays after being acquired from Boston, Springs has worked his way into what should be a competitive starting five, with a few pitchers vying for the #4 or #5 spot in the rotation.
While you should expect to see Glasnow, Rasmussen, and McClanahan in your top three in some form, 4 and 5 in the rotation are quite interesting, and while no spot is guaranteed, it does feel like the Rays will be hoping that Eflin and Springs can show signs of being staples in the Starting Five.
But, as mentioned, Springs does have competition ahead of him.
With the likes of Chirinos, Patino, and even the potential of Shane Baz down the road in the season, the Springs will have a battle ahead of them for the spring, which should make for a fun spring at that.