Alex Bregman Will ‘Definitely’ Get Astros Contract Offer After Altuve Deal, per Owner

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane told Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that the team would “definitely” make a long-term offer to third baseman Alex Bregman in the wake of Jose Altuve’s five-year, $125 million extension this offseason.

The former is 29 and firmly in his prime, and if he hits free agency will be one of the top players available. He also plays a more challenging defensive position. Altuve is still an excellent player, but he’s also 33 and injuries were a factor in his 2023 season. His inevitable decline is likely going to hit earlier—perhaps far earlier—than Bregman’s will.

All of that to say, Bregman is going to earn a far more lucrative extension. He may not hit the $300 million threshold that Manny Machado (11 years, $350 million) and Rafael Devers (10 years, $315 million) reached in recent seasons, but it’s a safe bet that he’ll be looking at a deal for at least seven years worth over $30 million per season.

No surprises there. Bregman is a two-time All-Star and two-time champion who is fresh off a season that saw him hit .262 with 25 homers, 98 RBI, 103 runs and a .804 OPS.

But for as good as he is in the regular season, he regularly thrives come October. In 97 postseason games he’s hit .235 with 19 homers, 54 RBI, 63 runs and a .790 OPS. His 19 playoff dingers are tied for sixth most in MLB history with Corey Seager, Albert Pujols and former teammate George Springer.

One of the players above him is Altuve, who is second all-time with 27 postseason homers, trailing only Manny Ramírez (29).

So it’s easy to see why the Astros would love to keep both Altuve and Bregman in Houston for the duration of their respective careers. Doing so just isn’t going to come cheap.

Gideon Canice

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