A pitcher who came in after receiving a down payment of 1,000 dollars and about 1.23 million won with our own money achieved a life-changing feat. 안전놀이터
The Tampa Bay Rays announced an extension contract with left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs (31) on the 26th (hereinafter Korean time). 4-year, $31 million guaranteed contract through 2026. Compared to the $1,000 down payment at the time of nomination, the ransom price jumped more than 30,000 times.
The detailed salary conditions are $5.25 million in 2023, $10.5 million in 2024, $10.5 million in 2025, and $4 million in 2026. If the team option of $15 million in 2027 does not run, a buyout amount of $750,000 is given. $31 million 4-year warranty. Including team options, innings and Cy Young Award voting incentives, you can receive up to $65.75 million over five years.
Springs, a 190cm tall left-hander, was selected by the Texas Rangers with the 888th overall pick in the 30th round of the 2015 draft. Springs, who signed for a $1,000 contract, made his major league debut in 2018. He played two years with Texas through 2019, but went 5-2 with a 4.90 earned run average in 43 games.
In the end, Springs, who went through the process of release with a designated transfer (DFA), transferred to the Boston Red Sox in a trade. However, in 2020, after 16 matches, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 7.08, DFA was processed again. In February of the following year, Japanese pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura, who had signed with Boston, was added to the 40-man roster, and the Springs had to vacate.
Springs, who moved to Tampa Bay through a trade again, played an active part in 2021 with 43 games (44.2 innings), 5 wins, 1 loss, 2 saves, 10 holds, an average ERA of 3.43 and 63 strikeouts. However, at the end of July, he injured his knee while defending and ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament, and the season was out. He seemed to have lost his hard-earned opportunity.
However, after successfully completing rehabilitation, he spent a career high season full-time last year. He went 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 33 games (25 starts) and 135⅓ innings. He started as a relief, went through a bulk guy (a bullpen that throws long innings like a starter) from the end of April, and got a spot in the rotation as a complete starter. His fastball velocity is not fast at an average of 91.4 miles (147.1 km), but he boasts a stable control with a changeup for right-handed hitters and a slider for left-handed hitters. He allowed just 2.1 walks per 9 innings last year.
Accordingly, the Tampa Bay club presented Springs with a four-year long-term contract. According to ‘MLB.com’, Springs said, “Honestly, I can’t believe it. Many emotions cross. This is unbelievable,” he said. “Tampa Bay is a special team that made me who I am today, both as a player and as a person. It cannot be exchanged for anything,” he thanked the team.
Springs and Tampa Bay were previously in the process of mediating salaries. Springs asked for $3.55 million, and the club offered $2.7 million, but it ended with a four-year extension. There was an initial discussion after the end of last year’s season, and a final agreement was reached over the year. “I love Tampa Bay,” Springs said.