The Astros announced they have reached a two-year contract agreement with World Series MVP George Springer.
Major League Baseball sources confirm Springer's deal is worth $24 million.
"It’s exciting," Springer said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "It’s exciting to just focus on baseball and focus on the team and just go out and play and concentrate on the team in 2018.
"I obviously appreciate it. I appreciate what the team has done."
Springer is happy that he did not have to deal with the arbitration process.
"It’s a process that is a tough one," Springer said. "I don’t know anybody that likes to go through it, but sometimes it has to be done for each side. To come to terms and to agree is obviously something special.
"It’s just nice to not have to go through it."
Springer was asking for $10.5 million, while the club was offering $8.5 million.
He made $3.9 million in 2017.
"George is such an important part of this team and this team's future and where this team has come from," said Jeff Luhnow, Astros general manager.
"Both sides worked hard to reach a multi-year agreement so we can avoid sitting in a hearing room across the able from each other talking about a player's strengths and weaknesses. That's not a fun process. This allows us to focus on playing the game and trying to win again."
In the Astros World Series victory over the Dodgers Springer hit .379, with five home runs and seven runs batted in.
Springer made his first All-Star team last season as a starter for the American League.
The two-year deal means Springer will still have one more year of arbitration left (2020) and can become a free agent in 2021.
"He's earned it," Luhnow said of Springer's new contract. "He was an incredibly important part of our resurgence, getting to the playoffs in '15 and winning it all last year.
"We recognize his value. He's an important part of this club going forward."