Bregman: Slow market didn't impact Astros deal

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Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Alex Bregman‘s decision to sign a long-term contract with the Houston Astros was not impacted by the second slow free-agent market.

“I wanted to play here,” the third baseman said Friday after the team announced a $100 million, five-year contract covering 2020-24. “I didn’t want to play anywhere else. I wanted to be in orange and blue for as long as I possibly can. I love this organization. I want to win here for a long time.”

Selected by Houston with the second overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, Bregman debuted with the Astros in July 2016 and helped Houston win its first World Series title in 2017.

His contract was renewed this month by the Astros for a major league salary of $640,500 this year. The new deal includes a $10 million signing bonus, half payable within 30 days of the agreement’s approval by the commissioner’s office and the rest within 90 days’ of approval.

Bregman gets salaries of $11 million annually from 2020-22 and $28.5 million in both 2023 and `24. His salaries in the final two years can increase based on MVP finish

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