Alex Bregman has been a valuable member of the Houston Astros franchise since he was taken second overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.
They were starting to come together after a long rebuild, and Bregman was at the front of the franchise revival.
He made his MLB debut in 2016 and became a star in 2017, with a 4.4-WAR (Wins Above Replacement) season.
He won the World Series that season, and did the same in 2022.
Before the 2019 campaign, he signed a five-year, $100 million extension that started covering him in 2020.
He will become a free agent after the 2024 campaign, meaning he still has at least two more seasons in Houston at a really cool $28.5 million salary.
Despite the fact that those two years still have to expire, there have already been rumblings about his future.
He discussed the issue with the press in spring training, and made it clear that he has every intention of staying.
“Bregman on GM Dana Brown saying he’d like to extend his contract. ‘I love Houston, I love the people, I love my teammates, I love the city. It’s meant a lot to me and my family. I don’t have any update (on his contract) but him and Scott (Boras) are going to talk,’” Astros insider Brian McTaggart tweeted.
Bregman on GM Dana Brown saying he’d like to extend his contract. “I love Houston, I love the people, I love my teammates, I love the city. It’s meant a lot to me and my family. I don’t have any update (on his contract) but him and Scott (Boras) are going to talk.”
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 20, 2023
With 30.8 WAR through his age-28 season, Bregman remains on track for building a Hall of Fame resume if he keeps this up.
He had a nice year in 2022, with 23 home runs, 93 runs, 93 RBI and a .820 OPS.
He has a terrific eye at the plate, contact, power, defense, and can even run some.
If Bregman manages to stay beyond 2024, it will be a nice get for Houston and the continuation of a terrific career.NEXT: MLB Analyst Discusses Potential Astros Contract Extensions