rewarding a hero

Houston Astros reward superstar fan favorite with massive contract

Houston Astros reward superstar fan favorite with massive contract

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This Astros star has nearly 100 million reasons to celebrate.  Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Just days after Astros third baseman Alex Bregman complained about his money for 2019 and just hours after he signed with Adidas, he has almost $100 million reasons to no longer be upset.

The deal will make Bregman a member of the Astros through the 2024 season, same as Jose Altuve. He will be 30 when the deal expires. It is the second largest contract in club history trailing on Jose Altuve's extension and tying Carlos Lee's free-agent contract.

Bregman led the league in doubles in 2018 and was an All-Star while finishing fifth in the MVP value. He led the Astros in hits, runs, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage in 2018.

His extension follows a new deal for Astros reliever Ryan Pressly earlier on March 19, which was the largest extension ever for a non-closer reliever.

With Bregman's extension the starting infield is in place through next season before Yuli Gurriel's contract expires. Carlos Correa is eligible for free agency in 2022.

One wonders if the new deal will make Bregman, known for his sly way of paying it forward, even more generous with total strangers. 

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