Houston Astros: Alex Bregman extension unexpected but warranted

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros have provided a significant $100 million contract extension for Alex Bregman. It’s unexpected but warranted. Why? Take a look.

The Houston Astros have about one week to go before the start of the season and they’ve already locked up one of their greatest sons in Alex Bregman.  In a seemingly unexpected move, with one stroke of the pen, the franchise has accentuated him as a face of the franchise.

Believe me, when I learning about the news yesterday evening about him receiving the incredible bump in pay, I thought to myself that the Houston Astros didn’t have to do this but I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do.

In a crazy day with a wave of contract extension announcements with Mike Trout‘s 12-year, $432 million deal dominating the headlines, it’s good to hear that the Houston Astros were able to lock up some of their own.

Trout’s deal is absolutely warranted and they’ve locked him in while he’s in his prime years just like with Bregman.  Trout’s new pact is the richest contract in sports history and it may be awhile before any team eclipses that number but we’ll certainly see.

But what’s there to say about the third baseman?  One of the top four prospects coming out of the 2015 Amateur Draft, Bregman was the 2nd pick out of LSU and although his start up in the majors was shaky at best, the rest has been history.

His heroics in the on and off the field, especially when the city of Houston was looking for a hero

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during the after-effects of Hurricane Harvey, Bregman stepped up to the plate and delivered big-time.

After earning MVP honors of the All-Star Game this past season and just being able to consistently provide tremendous production at the plate, Bregman is on his way to being a tremendous star in this league.

So as I’ve said, this new pact is just the right stuff.  Bregman was not set to be free agent until 2021 but the Houston Astros have essentially bought out his remaining arbitration years and rewarded him with a deal that the entire Houston Astros fan base can be proud of.

Bregman, who was due to earn $640,500 for the 2019 season, to which I feel he was vastly being underpaid for, will be making $16.7 million per season through the 2025 season.  That’s a 92.1 percent increase in pay for this season alone!  Wow!

I’ll tell you what — you won’t find one Houston Astros fan — not one, that is opposed to this move the team made.  We love him and we don’t want anything more than for him than to continue succeeding.

This deal also puts a bit of pressure on himself to perform up to expectations but I have no doubt he will.

Congrats Bregs!

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Bregman, 24, popped 31 homers, 103 ribbies and 51 doubles along with a terrific slash line of .286/.394/.532 for 2018.